2003 Europe (England and Germany) Thoughts
ZANARDI: There are heroes. And then there's Alex.
TRACKS: From a tight, short road course to a wide open superspeedway. An interesting swing through the
RACES: Why is it that even with a bunch of talent siphoned off to the IRL, a slew of rookies, a wing
package that produced flat out all the way around pack racing, that CART can put on an IRL-like race without it
being a crashfest?
BOURDAIS: When things go right, Sebastien looks just as unbeatable as Paul Tracy did the first three
TRACY: How to make a huge lead disappear in two easy steps -- have your team go with the key setup at
Brands Hatch, sacrificing Germany, then DNF Brands Hatch while completing Germany barely in the points.
JUNQUEIRA: Fast, but once again frustrated by his teammate. The good news is he is tied for first place
in the point standings.
JOURDAIN: Now it's getting to the point where Michel outright deserves to win a race.
DOMINGUEZ: Well, well, well. Mario sure is looking good these days. And he is easily outpacing his
teammate, Roberto Moreno.
SERVIA: Still running consistently well, but without that Oriol flair we've seen in the past.
MANNING: What's making Darren look real good is that he is able to get the most out of the Reynard.
CARPENTIER: Like Junqueira, Patrick is fast but always behind his teammate.
TAGLIANI: A breakthrough race is awaiting the Rocketsports Racing team.
HABERFELD: Excellent qualifying effort for Mario on the oval, but he disappeared in the race.
LEMARIE: Got a little bit quicker on his own continent.
FERNANDEZ: Adrian may have gotten engaged before crossing the Atlantic, but his luck on the track
didn't get any better.
LAVIN: Amazingly, Rodolfo didn't [completely] look like a fish out of water on the oval.
VASSER: Somehow, we think Jimmy is thinking of a certain "F" word, and it's not frustrated.
HUNTER-REAY: Third quickest lap in warmup and third quickest lap in the race didn't mean much at
MCGEE: Undefeated at Brands Hatch.
INFORMATION MINISTER AWARD: Easily goes to Neil Micklewright, who actually tried to convince us that
Paul Tracy didn't have a problem: "We're pretty confident it's just an oil tank overflow that's blowing." Just
as he finished the sentence, Tracy's gearbox blew in the most spectacular fashion.
OVER/UNDER: 2 -- number of drivers other than Tracy and Bourdais who will win races this year.
WORD OF THE WEEKENDS: Inspiring.
STAT OF THE WEEKENDS: Sebastien Bourdais becoming the only CART driver to win from the pole in his
first oval race.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKENDS: It's been so long, it practically is a historical fact -- Paul Tracy's
last road racing pole was in the final race of 1994 at Laguna Seca which he won, ending his first employment stint
QUOTE OF THE WEEKENDS: Alex Zanardi's philosophical outlook, "There are people in my shoes who would
probably feel very unlucky for what they have lost. I feel very fortunate for what I have kept."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKENDS RUNNERUP: Patrick Carpentier talked about a possible solution to his slow setup
at EuroSpeedway, "I wanted to drive through the pits to shorten the lap, but I don't think that would have
SCHEDULE: A bit of a rest followed by a night race at the Milwaukee Mile, celebrating
the track's 100 years in operation.
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