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2003 Miami Thoughts

TRACK: Let's be blunt. This track still SUCKS!

RACE: What was that? Herdez finishes one-two. A PK Racing car winds up on the podium. Drivers admit crashes were their fault. Another controversial call by CART officials gives Dominguez a win. Championship contenders throwing away points. This goes beyond a typical CART street race. What was that?

DOMINGUEZ: You got to give Mario credit. He drove fast enough to hang with the leaders, but conservative enough to stay out of trouble. At least this time, he crossed the finish line at full song.

MORENO: Roberto, keep that champagne taste in your mouth. You'll need it when you watch another Roberto, as in Gonzalez, drive your car next race.

HERDEZ: Tony Bettenhausen must be smiling.

SALO: Just when you thought CART officials couldn't outdo themselves, they prove they can't walk and talk at the same time as displayed during Friday's qualifying session.

VASSER: This is the type of race Jimmy usually wins, and he didn't even finish on the podium.

JOURDAIN: Technically, it might have been the right call. However, Michel and Bobby Rahal have a point. If you are going to use a pit lane inadequate for go karts, you have to have more leeway with infractions in the pits. By the way, that was Monteiro involved in that pit incident...

FERNANDEZ: One must wonder what gnaws at Adrian more -- getting taken out when leading or seeing Dominguez be the beneficiary of his misfortune.

TRACY: Can you say choke?

JUNQUEIRA: Can you say "D'uh!"?

BOURDAIS: Yes, Sebastien, Tracy admitted it was his fault. Yes, clearly you were taken out by a driver who had no right to that turn. However, using the racing philosophy that you will never improve if you don't look at what you possibly might have done wrong, take a good hard look at the pass you made on Tracy. Had you not overcooked it and slid through that turn, Tracy would never have been able to consider counterattacking.

BOSS: Take out your Driver of the Year ballots. Geoff has two consecutive point scoring finishes.

TAGLIANI: Alex receives more contact from back markers than from a slow dance.

SPERAFICO: Just another Coyne wanker wrecking havoc on the real racers out there.

MONTEIRO: Even when Tiago is an innocent victim, he always seems to be involved.

VANDERBILT CUP: Does anybody want to win it this year?

OVER/UNDER: 1 -- The number of punches Bourdais would have gotten in before getting his lights knocked out had he found Tracy in the pits after the on track incident between them.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Crunch.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1.15 and 14. The length of the track in miles and the number of turns, respectively. Way too short and way too curvy for a proper race track for any of the series that ran there.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first time CART ran a street course in Miami was 1985 at Tamiami Park. Danny Sullivan won.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mika Salo's thoughts on the track, "I did some rallying in Europe. I've never seen anything like this. Your wheels only touch the ground a few times a lap."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mika Salo again, this time on the driving level, "There are drivers who don't think in every racing series. All it takes is three to take out six cars."

SCHEDULE: Get ready for another rabid weekend in Mexico.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Dominguez 135
2. Moreno 135
3. Salo(R) 135
4. Vasser 135
5. Haberfeld(R) 135
6. Carpentier 135
7. Jourdain 135
8. Fernandez 134
9. Junqueira 131
10. Boss(R) 129
11. Manning(R) 123
12. Hunter-Reay(R) 114
13. Tagliani 101
14. Sperafico(R) 98
15. Monteiro(R) 91
16. Tracy 69
17. Bourdais(R) 69
18. Lavin(R) 56
19. Servia 43

Time of Race
2:03:19.401

Winner's Speed
75.533 mph

Margin of Victory
5.241 sec.

Caution Flags
6 for 36 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 6 drivers

Most Laps Led
Adrian Fernandez

Friday Pole
Bruno Junqueira

Saturday Pole
Adrian Fernandez

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 204
2. Junqueira 191
3. Jourdain 171
4. Bourdais(R) 142
5. Carpentier 136
6. Servia 108
7. Dominguez 101
8. Fernandez 99
9. Tagliani 91
10. Manning(R) 83
11. Haberfeld(R) 70
12. Moreno 67
13. Vasser 58
14. Hunter-Reay(R) 42
15. Papis 25
16. Monteiro(R) 20
17. Salo(R) 14
18. Lavin(R) 12
19. Lemarie(R) 8
20. Camathias(R) 6
21. Yoong(R) 4
  Boss(R) 4
23. Salles 3
24. Herta 2


Shiggy Award
Oriol Servia

King Hiro Award
Alex Sperafico

Gold Coyne Award
Mario Haberfeld
 
 
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