2003 Mexico City Thoughts
TRACK: That baseball stadium section is so cool.
RACE: The broadcast sounded like a F1 race production, and the race ran like a F1 event, ignoring the yellow flags.
TRACY: Now, that's better after the Miami debacle. Paul is on the verge of finally taking the title, but knowing Paul, he'll make it difficult for his fans.
JUNQUEIRA: It's all but over, but stranger things have happened in racing.
JOURDAIN: Not strange enough, however, to allow Michel to pull a miracle.
BOURDAIS: No surprise Sebastien is Rookie of the Year. And don't be surprised if he takes it all next year.
DOMINGUEZ: What can you say? Mario has definitely changed a lot of people's minds this year about his talent level, and he seems to have great timing as well.
SALO: Hey, PK Racing is really starting to get their act together. Or, is it more Mika than anything else?
MONTEIRO: Finally, Tiago is showing the promise that Emmo saw in him.
FERNANDEZ: Adrian may have been better off missing this race like last year.
MANNING: If Darren didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all.
GONZALEZ: Despite a lucky tenth place finish, the wrong Roberto was in this car.
HUNTER-REAY: Would you believe Ryan turned the fastest lap of the race? By a huge margin, no less.
SERVIA: Oriol was invisible the whole weekend.
SALLES: Good thing Gualter is back! We were afraid CART was in trouble...
VASSER: Jimmy, what was all that about?
DIAZ: Now, here is a young Mexican that's worth some backing.
REYNARD: So, just why were the Reynards so good on a bumpy track? It's got to be the altitude, where the Lola's main advantage isn't such an advantage anymore.
SPEED: Does it really cost any more money to fly a broadcast crew to Mexico City as opposed to say Fontana? The level of the production was significantly lowered by taking the cheap way out.
BRACK: Get well soon, Kenny.
OVER/UNDER: 326 -- the number of times we'll see the replay of last year's Australian first lap pileup during this year's broadcast.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Enthusiasm.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 221,011 -- the number of fans who showed up on race day alone.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Rick Mears won on this track back in 1981 en route to being the only driver to win all road races in one year, also taking the Riverside and Watkins Glen rounds.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Tommy Kendall describing a crew member jumping on the rear wing to help his car exit the pits faster, "...trying to get a little more of that redneck downforce."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bruno Junqueira describing what he had to go through while suffering from Montezuma's Revenge, "I felt like I was going to throw up the entire race."
SCHEDULE: Tip to all VCR users -- if you plan on taping the Australian race instead of staying up all night, we suggest you let it run for all six hours. Or, better yet, buy an eight hour tape.
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