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2002 Toronto Thoughts

TRACK: Some say this is the best street circuit. In the CART series this may be true, but not this year.

RACE: You know it is not a great race when da Matta pulls a Schumacher, and a Formula One race -- the British Grand Prix, which was a great race -- is more exciting than a CART event.

DA MATTA: When you are in the groove, you are in the groove. What else is there to say that hasn't already been said.

BRACK: It's either him or his teammate that has a fighting chance to catch da Matta.

JUNQUEIRA: Speaking of his teammate, you know Bruno was hopping mad. Normally, he is such a cool, calm character. Townsend Bell will definitely not be on his Christmas card list.

NAKANO: Another excellent run by Shinji. Just as he is ready to emerge as a bona fide Japanese driver in CART, he'll be whisked away to the IRL because of Honda.

TRACY: Paul may have been able to stand the pace set by da Matta, but his car wasn't.

VASSER: A finish!

TAGLIANI: It it wasn't for Bell, Alex would be the goat of the race.

FRANCHITTI: Wonder if Dario is going to invite the CART officials to Ashley's next movie opener...

GREEN: First it is the IRL officials, now it is the CART officials. What's a Barry to do?

ANDRETTI: What's the use of having a technical partnership arrangement when it seems that the Motorola team never talks to the rest of Team Green? How else can you explain why Michael has recently lost his grip on the car setup while Tracy and Franchitti are contending for wins?

KANAAN: Snatched that hard luck award right back from Vasser.

BELL: Sometimes you have to wonder what goes through certain driver's heads.

PATRICK: Seemed pretty obvious during the interview after the incident that Pat made his decision to fire Townsend Bell.

DOMINGUEZ: All these developments means that Mario could win the Jim Trueman award by default. That is if he can manage to score some points.

CBS: Getting away from ABC keeps looking better and better. The coverage of a somewhat boring race was much better on TV than it was in person, a rare feat. The fantastic camera angles, better in-car footage, and focusing on the right areas in the field, has truly made this visceral sport begin to translate well to the boob tube.

GOAT: With all these goats in the race, did you hear about the real goat that was born with a white number "3" naturally appearing on its side? Honest. It was in the Daytona paper. You can't make these things up. So, all these Dale Earnhardt get-a-life fans are flocking to this farm to see this goat as if it is a sign from the Virgin Mother herself. Just think, this could be a new business ready to explode. Forget genetic engineering to cure diseases. We can breed animals with famous racing numbers like 99 for Greg Moore, 27 for Gilles Villeneuve, 14 for Bill Vukovich, 66 for Mark Donohue, etc. This is a business just ready to explode...

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Four in a row. Five out of eight this year. Seven out of the last ten.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Despite this race being held 17 times, only two drivers have won it more than once. Al Unser, Jr. with two wins, and Michael Andretti with seven.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: "I don't see missing my legs being an obstacle I couldn't overcome," said Alex Zanardi on his first trip back to a CART race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Tracy on all his attempts to stop Cristiano da Matta, "I tried to pay his crew. I have 20 bucks to keep the wheel loose, but they said it's not enough. I'd offer a million, but I got it stolen from me by Tony..."

SCHEDULE: From a street circuit to the wide expanses of an airport course. Let her rip!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. da Matta 112
2. Brack 112
3. Fittipaldi 112
4. Nakano 112
5. Dixon 112
6. Vasser 112
7. Tagliani 112
8. Takagi 112
9. Fernandez 111
10. Carpentier 111
11. Andretti 110
12. Jourdain 109
13. Franchitti 101
14. Junqueira 92
15. Bell(R) 92
16. Tracy 88
17. Kanaan 60
18. Dominguez 29

Time of Race
2:06:19.372

Winner's Speed
93.361 mph

Margin of Victory
4.398 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 18 laps

Lead Changes
None

Most Laps Led
Cristiano da Matta

Pole Position
Cristiano da Matta

Provisional Pole
Cristiano da Matta

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 118
2. Junqueira 70
3. Franchitti 64
4. Jourdain 58
5. Fittipaldi 57
6. Dixon 52
7. Brack 48
8. Tagliani 42
9. Carpentier 41
10. Tracy 36
  Andretti 36
12. Vasser 34
13. Fernandez 32
  Papis 32
15. Takagi 30
16. Nakano 28
17. Bell(R) 19
18. Servia 13
19. Kanaan 12
20. Dominguez(R) 7
 
 
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