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2003 Denver Thoughts

RACE: Up front it may have been a parade, though there were some good moves and action midfield, but despite what some dumb ass local sportswriter says, it's still much better entertainment and fun than some asinine, meaningless exhibition football game.

TRACK: The track was in much better condition than last year. But, that's not saying much.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno keeps bouncing back which is good for those of us who want to see a championship go down to the wire, but bad for all those rabid Canadian fans.

TRACY: Four races is a whole lot of races left for only an 18 point lead. Especially for Paul.

BOURDAIS: Speaking of bouncing back, Sebastien drove the type of race we're used to.

SERVIA: Two podiums in a row. Maybe Oriol finally has turned the corner.

FERNANDEZ: Adrian sure likes the Mile High City.

JOURDAIN: While Michel could give Denver a pass.

DOMINGUEZ: Mario is rapidly becoming a wild bronco in a Champ Car.

MANNING: Certainly gets the label "Mr. Consistency" as Darren now has the rookie record of most consecutive top ten finishes with eight.

TAGLIANI: The Rocketsports team was brought back to Earth a bit.

HABERFELD: Was Mario the real star of the race? Fastest time all weekend, and he backed it up with the fastest time in the race. If events had unfolded in a different manner, Haberfeld very well could have won this race.

VASSER: Doesn't it look like Jimmy is just not having fun anymore?

BOSS: So, just how slow was Geoff this time? Well, thanks to attrition, he finished in the last points paying position. Five laps behind the leaders! The only points getter to not finish on the lead lap.

MONTEIRO: Gee, Tiago knocked another car off the track (even though that other guy was a lap down). What a shocker. We're simply stunned. Oh, that's right, there was something wrong with the brakes. Or, maybe this time he wasn't really making a move. Perhaps it was the thin air.

SALO: Wow. Did Mika look horrible or what? Patrick Lemarie, Bryan Herta, Max Papis, and now a Formula One star who drove for Ferrari. All looked like crap. Is someone at PK Racing getting the message what's really wrong with this team?

HUNTER-REAY: Now, that was scary when Ryan didn't get out of the car right away.

ALLMENDINGER: Let's see him in Champ Cars next year.

OVER/UNDER: 6 -- The number of cars Tiago Monteiro will knock off the track the remainder of the season.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Downforce.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Newman-Haas certainly has racked up an impressive record in their 350 starts which includes 77 wins and now 11 one-two finishes.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first street race in Denver was held in 1909 on a 14.5-mile layout. The 290-mile race was won by Eaton McMillian in nearly 7-1/2 hours at an average speed of 38.978mph.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser after Paul Tracy told him he has the eye of the tiger, "He's [Tracy] going to have the eye of the tires [walls]."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bruno Junqueira really, really likes Denver, "I hope we race five times here next year."

SCHEDULE: We don't understand why the Miami tickets aren't the hottest on the circuit. Champ Cars, Toyota Atlantic, American Le Mans Series, and Trans Am. It's the best pro racing value of the year.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Junqueira 106
2. Bourdais(R) 106
3. Servia 106
4. Tracy 106
5. Fernandez 106
6. Jourdain 106
7. Dominguez 106
8. Manning(R) 106
9. Tagliani 106
10. Haberfeld(R) 106
11. Vasser 106
12. Boss(R) 101
13. Monteiro(R) 86
14. Salo(R) 84
15. Hunter-Reay(R) 80
16. Moreno 77
17. Carpentier 61
18. Salles 33
19. Lavin(R) 2

Time of Race
2:03:10.259

Winner's Speed
85.044 mph

Margin of Victory
0.335 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 14 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Most Laps Led
Bruno Junqueira

Friday Pole
Bruno Junqueira

Saturday Pole
Oriol Servia

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 204
2. Junqueira 186
3. Jourdain 165
4. Bourdais(R) 142
5. Carpentier 128
6. Servia 108
7. Fernandez 92
8. Tagliani 91
9. Dominguez 81
  Manning(R) 81
11. Haberfeld(R) 60
12. Moreno 51
13. Vasser 46
14. Hunter-Reay(R) 41
15. Papis 25
16. Monteiro(R) 20
17. Lavin(R) 12
18. Lemarie(R) 8
19. Camathias(R) 6
20. Yoong(R) 4
21. Salles 3
22. Herta 2
23. Boss 1


Shiggy Award
Mika Salo

King Hiro Award
Geoff Boss

Gold Coyne Award
Michel Jourdain
 
 
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