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2003 Monterrey Thoughts

RACE: Not bad, but does anyone else feel that Formula One has so far been more exciting this year than CART?

TRACK: It seems really simple -- if the curbing breaks the car, don't run over it.

TRACY: Is it the new team, better environment, lack of competition, or the new weight rules? Or, is it that Bourdais keeps taking himself out?

BOURDAIS: Speaking of the unlucky Frenchmen ... don't be so hard on him. Sure, he is making some mistakes, but he is fast, which is a lot more than can be said for most of this year's lame rookie class.

JOURDAIN: Another fine run. However, nothing against Michel, but if the competition is such that he can consistently get a podium finish, that doesn't say much for CART.

TAGLIANI: The Rocketsports team is not doing half bad.

FERNANDEZ: It's always great to do well in front of your countrymen.

JUNQUEIRA: Yes, once again Bruno performs better than Bourdais in the race. But the pressure has got to be mounting over the fact that he can't come close to matching his teammate's speed, despite getting the fastest lap of the race.

MORENO: Another quiet, but effective, race.

MANNING: Watch for incoming, Darren.

CARPENTIER: A gutsy performance, but it appears the flu bug got into his decision making portion of his brain.

YOONG: Would everyone stop going gaga over this guy. Sure, he stepped into this ride with no practice whatsoever, but like we said last week, a top ten finish is not that big of a deal in this year's watered down CART. And, Alex's speed was not as impressive as some are making it out to be. Let's see what he does at Long Beach.

CAMATHIAS: How do you say slow in Swiss?

LAVIN: How do you say real slow in Spanish?

VASSER: Bad luck follows him where ever he goes.

DOMINGUEZ: The flying Mexican.

SERVIA: A promising weekend spoiled.

HABERFELD: What Mario will do next is one good reason to look forward to the next race.

PATRICK: A fantastic debut by Danica in Toyota Atlantics. Qualifying fifth and finishing third will quiet a lot of skeptics ... at least for a week.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Slippery.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 92,713 spectators for the race. Even if it is not for real, it's still a cool stat.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Tracy becomes the first driver to win the first two races of a season since 1982 when Rick Mears won Phoenix and Atlanta, and eventually the championship.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy on his victory celebration, "I need to work on my donuts. That was pretty embarrassing."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Patrick Carpentier on his overly optimistic move, "But I passed one car, then one car became two cars."

SCHEDULE: Onto the crown jewel of CART -- Long Beach. On Speed Channel?!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 85
2. Jourdain 85
3. Tagliani 85
4. Fernandez 85
5. Junqueira 85
6. Moreno 85
7. Manning(R) 85
8. Carpentier 84
9. Yoong(R) 84
10. Lemarie(R) 84
11. Camathias(R) 84
12. Hunter-Reay(R) 83
13. Dominguez 83
14. Vasser 83
15. Lavin(R) 81
16. Haberfeld(R) 67
17. Bourdais(R) 40
18. Servia 38
19. Monteiro(R) 2

Time of Race
2:03:04.677

Winner's Speed
87.184 mph

Margin of Victory
2.039 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 15 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Pole Position
Sebastien Bourdais

Provisional Pole
Paul Tracy

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 43
2. Jourdain 32
3. Junqueira 24
4. Moreno 18
5. Tagliani 14
6. Fernandez 12
  Haberfeld(R) 12
8. Carpentier 10
9. Vasser 8
10. Manning(R) 6
  Monteiro(R) 6
  Camathias(R) 6
  Lemarie(R) 6
14. Bourdais(R) 5
15. Yoong(R) 4
16. Hunter-Reay(R) 1
  Servia 1


Shiggy Award
Rodolfo Lavin

King Hiro Award
Rodolfo Lavin

Gold Coyne Award
Michel Jourdain
 
 
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