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2002 Road America Thoughts

RACE: Normally, we don't like a race that is all fuel and pit strategy. But this time, with the maximum 14 laps between pit stops working out to four leftover laps, it created a very interesting and intriguing strategic race between all the teams.

TRACK: Dario Franchitti said it best, "This is the way a race track should be. As far as the guys in Formula 1, I think they're missing something by not racing here. We're lucky we get to come here and race."

DA MATTA: The tease for the rest of the field is over. Cristiano is back.

TAGLIANI: Once again, nearly grabbed his first win at Road America, known for its reputation of producing first time winners.

JUNQUEIRA: He wouldn't have gotten first, but the pit mistake did cost him second. His luck ran out after a sensational qualifying effort despite a crash.

KANAAN: Speaking of luck, Tony had the exact reverse of fortunes. Funny, how it always seems that a weekend isn't so bad after all when you run a great race, despite an absolutely horrible Friday and Saturday.

TRACY: Nobody provides more excitement on the first lap than Paul, for better or worse.

TEAM GREEN: We never did find out if their strategy for Paul Tracy was a work of genius. Or a work of idiocy.

VASSER: Hey, a top five. Considering Jimmy's season, you can't complain.

CARPENTIER: Well, at least we didn't see a repeat of Mid-Ohio's "victory" lap.

DOMINGUEZ: Hey, just four points back of Townsend Bell now.

JOURDAIN: In the points. Again.

ANDRETTI: Once again, thanks to the small fields and a track notoriously hard on equipment, falling two laps down right off the start doesn't mean you can't finish in the points.

POINTS: Speaking of points, that web site advocating changing the point system is about as dumb of an idea we've ever heard in all the wild ideas to improve CART. CART has by far -- bar none -- the best point system in all of racing. Anywhere in the world. It is sheer lunacy to even consider changing it. To top it off, the points system that web site advocates is even more boneheaded than the idea of changing the system.

BRACK: For all the criticism hurled at Paul Tracy, Tora Takagi, and Townsend Bell for being car wreckers, maybe a recount is in order. Kenny just may be the king of ruining other people's races over the past two years.

DIXON: Hey, Scott, your car is on fire. No, really, it is. We suggest you get out. Seriously. Now. Out.

FRANCHITTI: It's a wonder Dario isn't more hopping mad over the constant Honda failures.

FERNANDEZ: A gutsy, gutsy driver.

QUALIFYING: So, CART is going to change qualifying to allow for 15 minutes of open practice time, have a break, and then leave the last 35 minutes for qualifying. Wait a second, we heard this before. As a matter of fact, Deep Throttle's Ed Donath wrote this very suggestion just last week. Almost word for word! Mere coincidence? Or evidence that the folks at CART's headquarters read Deep Throttle?

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 12. As in the number of consecutive point scoring finishes Michel Jourdain, Jr. has had, breaking Team Rahal's record, previously held by his boss. He'll need to double that to break the CART record held by Al Unser, Sr, at 23.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Hector Rebaque led just one lap in his entire CART career. It was good enough for his only victory, and the first foreign driver win in CART, at Road America in 1982 when Al Unser, Sr. ran out of fuel on the last lap.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy to Kenny Brack, "What was up with that?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Tony Kanaan on what Michael Andretti said to him, "Michael said it was OK ... he'd get ME next time!"

SCHEDULE: If you thought Toronto and Vancouver are successful events, wait till you see Montreal.

Copyright 2002 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. da Matta 60
2. Tagliani 60
3. Junqueira 60
4. Kanaan 60
5. Vasser 60
6. Fittipaldi 60
7. Carpentier 60
8. Dominguez(R) 60
9. Jourdain 60
10. Andretti 58
11. Nakano 58
12. Franchitti 43
13. Tracy 39
14. Brack 39
15. Takagi 36
16. Servia 35
17. Dixon 26
18. Fernandez 26

Time of Race
1:56:43.030

Winner's Speed
124.856 mph

Margin of Victory
0.805 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 6 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Pole Position
Bruno Junqueira

Provisional Pole
Cristiano da Matta

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 143
2. Carpentier 101
  Junqueira 101
4. Franchitti 85
5. Fittipaldi 82
6. Tagliani 80
  Jourdain 80
8. Andretti 77
9. Tracy 69
10. Brack 68
11. Dixon 62
12. Vasser 57
13. Kanaan 43
14. Fernandez 39
  Nakano 39
16. Takagi 37
17. Papis 32
18. Bell(R) 19
19. Servia 16
20. Dominguez(R) 15
 
 
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2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
Preseason Mexico Long Beach Nazareth
Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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