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2003 Cleveland Thoughts

TRACK: An already exciting track was made even more so by a thoroughly successful night experiment.

RACE: For the first time this year, Bourdais and Tracy raced each other to the very end, an end made all the more nerve wracking thanks to Fernandez and Vasser.

START: Through the first turn without a scratch. Wow!

BOURDAIS: Those were some world class donuts. Give Sebastien the Alex Zanardi award.

TRACY: His daring, and great, move around Junqueira on the last lap was vintage Paul.

JUNQUEIRA: Once again outpaced by his teammate. Don't get us wrong, Bruno is very fast and very good, but...

CARPENTIER: Very close escape on the first lap. And an even closer escape the week before on the road. Patrick, stay off the bicycle.

DOMINGUEZ: Mario is back to surprising us with a return to a very strong run.

SERVIA: Looked good, but it still seems that Oriol doesn't have that flair we've seen from him the past two years.

JOURDAIN: An excellent run up through the field after first lap run.

TAGLIANI: Pretty darn fast considering they had a bent toe link.

HUNTER-REAY: Not a bad run.

FERNANDEZ: After winning a race, nearly became the most hated man in the Newman-Haas team.

PAPIS: Qualified next to last. Got in a lot of people's way during the race. We're probably going to start sounding like a broken record from here on out -- just how bad is this team?

VASSER: Threw away a points position.

HABERFELD: Never a contender this time around.

MORENO: Bad luck continues to strike.

QUALIFYING: It's quite ironic that so many drivers were complaining of blocking during qualifying on what has got to be the widest track in motorsports history.

CBS: We hate to criticize anything about what has been absolutely fantastic TV coverage this year. However, we feel the commentating was a bit too lay back. We're not suggesting they turn into bombastic idiots like the IRL shrills, but there were a number of times were more energy would have helped convey the excitement of the night racing at Cleveland such as when Tracy made the initial pass of Bourdais (which was totally missed) and when flames could be seen shooting out the cars during pit stops.

OVER/UNDER: 184,205 -- number of times you will hear "eh" this weekend if you attend the Toronto race. Eh.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Light.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy passed the 3,000 mark for laps led. He currently has 3,064 which ties him with Mario Andretti for 5th on the all-time list.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The only driver to win this race twice in a row was Alex Zanardi in 1997 and 1998.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: From the pit observer who was assigned to Paul Tracy's pit, "I'm either going to learn a new language, break up a fight, be in the middle of a victory celebration, or go home with car parts."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Paul Tracy talking about his 200th start, "I'll note that it should be my 201st start, but it's not, thanks to Wally Dallenbach."

SCHEDULE: This year, Toronto has a tough act to follow.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais(R) 115
2. Tracy 115
3. Junqueira 115
4. Carpentier 115
5. Dominguez 115
6. Servia 115
7. Jourdain 115
8. Tagliani 115
9. Hunter-Reay(R) 115
10. Manning(R) 115
11. Fernandez 114
12. Papis 114
13. Vasser 113
14. Lavin(R) 112
15. Haberfeld(R) 110
16. Boss(R) 36
17. Salles 18
18. Moreno 16
  Monteiro(R) DNS

Time of Race
2:03:51.974

Winner's Speed
117.315 mph

Margin of Victory
2.241 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 10 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Thursday Pole
Paul Tracy

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 117
2. Junqueira 109
3. Jourdain 97
4. Carpentier 82
5. Bourdais(R) 74
6. Servia 66
7. Fernandez 65
8. Dominguez 61
9. Tagliani 51
10. Manning(R) 45
11. Haberfeld(R) 41
12. Vasser 38
13. Moreno 31
14. Monteiro(R) 15
15. Hunter-Reay(R) 14
16. Lemarie(R) 8
17. Camathias(R) 6
  Lavin(R) 6
19. Yoong(R) 4
20. Herta 2
21. Papis 1


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Tiago Monteiro

King Hiro Award
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Gold Coyne Award
Michel Jourdain
 
 
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