2003 Mid-Ohio Thoughts
TRACK: True, the track is out in the sticks. True, it is not a good track to pass on (which is worse,
Laguna Seca or Mid-Ohio?). However, it is one of the finest tracks for a spectator to watch a race at.
RACE: If you were a fan of the American Spirit team, it was a thrilling -- and fun -- race to watch.
POINT STANDINGS: Okay, let's just forget that Road America and Mid-Ohio even happened since we are right
back to where we were after Vancouver, and repeat what we said then -- Junqueira is still only one race away from
jumping ahead of Tracy in the standings.
TRACY: He answered Junqueira's Road America domination quite well.
CARPENTIER: Almost got a repeat of Patrick's streaking skills.
HUNTER-REAY: This was what all of Ryan's fans were waiting for. What a performance, and absolutely
nothing flukish about it.
VASSER: Possibly one of Jimmy's best drives of his career. At least for the first 82 laps...
AMERICAN SPIRIT: Front row starting spot, fastest lap on Sunday's warmup, fastest lap during the race,
numerous passes, and a podium finish. Just imagine what this team's record would be if they started out with
JOURDAIN: A solid performance again, but he continues to lose ground.
BOURDAIS: A little luck at different times during the weekend, and this could have been Sebastien's
TAGLIANI: This time, a relatively quiet race, by Alex's standards. But, this time, he finished.
FERNANDEZ: Messed up their own strategy.
MANNING: Hey, Ryan, this time could you please give me the hot Reynard setup? Pretty please?
PAPIS: Not as impressive a finish as at Road America, but not half bad considering all the other PK Racing
MONTEIRO: A well deserved penalty.
FITTIPALDI: There is only one thing funnier to watch than an Emmo tirade -- an Emmo tirade when he is
completely wrong. Emmo, read the rule book. You're a team owner, and you have no idea about the new no-blocking
rule? How in the world do you mentor your rookie driver if you don't know the rules?
SERVIA: Certainly, the bonehead move of the race.
JUNQUEIRA: Once again, poor Bruno is the victim of someone else's over exuberance.
BOSS: Wow, Geoff was not quite the wanker he always is. Don't get us wrong, however. We're not about
to start the Geoff Boss fan club.
SALLES: We have no idea why anyone was excited about seeing Gualter back in the series. He has never
done anything in his past stints with CART, and now he is getting outqualified by Geoff Boss.
OVER/UNDER: 240,000 -- Total attendance for the Molson Indy Montreal.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Rebound.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the tenth time the pole winner has won at Mid-Ohio in 22 races.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nearby Columbus hosted Champ Car races back in 1912 and 1913 on a
one-mile dirt oval. The 200-lap events were won by Spencer Wishart and Ralph Mulford, respectively. Both races
took over three hours to run.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the inspirational category, Sebastien Bourdais after visiting a Hole in the
Wall Gang Camp, "It is amazing to see all these kids with so many troubles so happy. I tell you, after being there
I realize I am not allowed to complain about anything in my life."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jimmy Vasser on what he thought when he started to spin, "You gotta be
SCHEDULE: Will CART become the only series that runs at Montreal?
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