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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 Old World.

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 races.

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.

CAMATHIAS: Sigh...

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 Brands Hatch.

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 with Penske.

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 looked good."

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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ENGLAND RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais(R) 165
2. Junquiera 165
3. Dominguez 165
4. Servia 165
5. Carpentier 165
6. Jourdain 165
7. Moreno 165
8. Tagliani 165
9. Haberfeld(R) 164
10. Manning(R) 164
11. Lemarie(R) 163
12. Fernandez 163
13. Camathias(R) 163
14. Monteiro(R) 163
15. Lavin(R) 162
16. Hunter-Reay(R) 162
17. Tracy 118
18. Yoong(R) 78
19. Vasser 1

Time of Race
1:51:56.987

Winner's Speed
105.412 mph

Margin of Victory
7.835 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 6 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Sabastien Bourdais

Pole Position
Paul Tracy

Provisional Pole
Sabestien Bourdais

GERMAN RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais(R) 154
2. Dominguez 154
3. Jourdain 154
4. Junqueira 154
5. Servia 154
6. Manning(R) 154
7. Carpentier 153
8. Vasser 153
9. Lavin(R) 153
10. Moreno 153
11. Hunter-Reay(R) 152
12. Tracy 152
13. Monteiro(R) 152
14. Haberfeld(R) 152
15. Fernandez 152
16. Camathias(R) 152
17. Yoong(R) 81
18. Tagliani 28
19. Lemarie(R) 25

Time of Race
1:49:22.498

Winner's Speed
170.903 mph

Margin of Victory
0.084 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 11 laps

Lead Changes
14 among 5 drivers

Most Laps Led
Sabastien Bourdais

Pole Position
Sabastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 66
  Junqueira 66
3. Jourdain 56
4. Bourdais(R) 49
5. Dominguez 40
6. Carpentier 34
7. Fernandez 29
8. Moreno 27
9. Vasser 25
10. Servia 24
11. Tagliani 22
  Manning(R) 22
13. Haberfeld(R) 20
14. Hunter-Reay(R) 9
15. Monteiro(R) 8
  Lemarie(R) 8
17. Camathias(R) 6
18. Lavin(R) 4
  Yoong(R) 4


Shiggy Award
Alex Yoong

King Hiro Award
Tiago Monteiro

Gold Coyne Award
Oriol Servia
 
 
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