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2002 Vancouver Thoughts

RACE: This was like a CART street race of old -- high attrition, big crashes, and guys getting points just be staying in the race, no matter how many laps down. And this year, with such a small field, Cristiano da Matta is able to score points despite dropping out two thirds of the way through!

TRACK: 44,000 plus on Friday, 50,000 plus on Saturday, and 66,000 plus on Sunday. Over 161,000 for the weekend. Oh, Canada does it again.

FRANCHITTI: After some lousy races early on, Dario has been slowly climbing up the timing charts and results board, and this time it all came together. With all the talk centered on da Matta and Paul Tracy, Dario has been lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce.

TRACY: Another fine home nation run for Paul. And, perhaps a notch in his negotiating belt.

GREEN: What a fine performance just as Barry announces the hand over of his team to Michael Andretti. Interesting, it is the two "original," and questionable for next year, drivers that pull the one-two.

ANDRETTI: Speaking of Michael, which would he rather have to contend with? Takagi? Ray? Takagi? Ray? Wouldn't it be a kicker if comparing the series crashers determined where his newly owned team races next year?

KANAAN: Good things happen to those who wait. In this case, to those who are willing to keep trying. Great run Tony, and a great pass to grab third.

JOURDAIN: Nice to see Michel not give up third place without an aggressive fight.

CARPENTIER: Persevered after a lousy qualifying run.

DA MATTA: We trust you did not count Cristiano out after his miserable Friday. Right? Quite a comeback on Saturday, but on Sunday, racing luck was starting to even out.

NEWMAN-HAAS: Synchronized swimmers could not have choreographed such a perfect duet of simultaneous drive shaft failures.

DIXON: Great piece of survival driving to spare him a fate like his teammate's in practice.

TARGET: One would think a Team Target driver right now has no desire to get back into one of their red cars until the front suspension has been redesigned. Then remachined. Then refitted.

SERVIA: A decent weekend in his return to competition. However, next time he is going to have to start showing his stuff to make the move worth it for Patrick Racing.

TAKAGI: Now that Townsend Bell is gone, we can all go back to remembering who the real champion of bonehead moves is. Glad Tora didn't let us down...

CARPENTIER: Lucky.

JUNQUEIRA: Not so lucky.

TAGLIANI: Unlucky.

FERNANDEZ: Very unlucky.

VASSER: Okay, here is the deal. Jimmy, get rid of anything in your house remotely associated with the number 13, all elephants with the trunk down, ladders where one can walk under, and mirrors in case they break. Then, buy yourself 100 rabbit feet, throw salt over your shoulder every time you sit down to eat, and cross your fingers whenever you take a walk. That should give you a fighting chance to make it through one lap unscathed. After that, we'll work on getting you through the second lap...

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser and Kenny Brack have tangled with each other on the first green lap three times this season. Interestingly, they are both driving each other's former rides.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nobody has ever led Vancouver from start to finish.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Maybe we should just call this the Paul Tracy Quote of the Weekend. While denying the Player's signing rumors, Tracy did make it clear about some of his options, "I'm not going to drive one of those crap wagons."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Dario Franchitti on the Vancouver fans and the state of CART, "When you show up here on a Friday for the first round of practice and the stands are full, it's special. Anyone who leaves here and has any negative thoughts on CART should go in and see a doctor."

SCHEDULE: Can you believe the schedule is only half over? With all the off track shenanigans going on this year, it seems the season is just about done. However, there is still so much more left, and with ten ... okay, nine ... races left, the championship is still very much up in the air as they head to two natural road courses, Mid-Ohio and Road America.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Franchitti 100
2. Tracy 100
3. Kanaan 100
4. Jourdain 100
5. Carpentier 100
6. Andretti 94
7. Tagliani 91
8. Fernandez 91
9. Junqueira 90
10. Dominguez(R) 90
11. Nakano 87
12. da Matta 64
13. Fittipaldi 64
14. Servia 58
15. Takagi 34
16. Dixon 9
17. Vasser 2
18. Brack 2

Time of Race
2:16:05.063

Winner's Speed
78.525 mph

Margin of Victory
1.239 sec.

Caution Flags
6 for 17 laps

Lead Changes
5 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Pole Position
Cristiano da Matta

Provisional Pole
Paul Tracy

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 122
2. Franchitti 84
3. Junqueira 74
  Jourdain 74
5. Carpentier 72
6. Tracy 68
7. Andretti 60
  Brack 60
9. Fittipaldi 58
  Tagliani 58
11. Dixon 52
12. Vasser 42
13. Fernandez 39
14. Takagi 36
15. Nakano 33
16. Papis 32
17. Kanaan 31
18. Bell(R) 19
19. Servia 13
20. Dominguez(R) 10
 
 
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