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2003 Vancouver Thoughts

TRACK: Well, if nothing else, Vancouver certainly brings out a lot of "excitement."

RACE: The bottom line -- it was the RIGHT call. Period. All other arguments ... and whining .. are moot.

QUALIFYING: Again, it was the right call. With one caveat this time -- is this going to be the way of the future, or was this just a "message" call?

TRACY: Note to all other competitors -- stop getting Paul mad. It just fuels him.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno may not have a win this year, and Tracy may have five victories, but Junqueira is still only one race away from jumping ahead of Tracy in the standings.

BOURDAIS: Don't count Sebastien out.

JOURDAIN: Nor, Michel.

MANNING: Attrition helped, but it was still a fine run for Darren.

HUNTER-REAY: Ditto.

HABERFELD: Ditto the ditto.

PAPIS: The team looked a little better this weekend. Just a little.

COYNE: Most embarrassing team performance in the history of motorsports. Not even an IRL duo is this inept.

BOSS: Even our "beloved" Shiggy has better credentials than Geoff. This is supposed to be a major league series. Wankers are one thing, but complete incompetence is another.

SALLES: Hey, Gualter is back in CART again. Hey, his return is even more inauspicious than last time.

MONTEIRO, DOMINGUEZ: But wait. But wait. Not to be outdone by the Keystone Koyne team, these two loggerheads decide to pull off a pair of the most asinine moves in motorsports history. Both, many laps down, take out prime contenders in the race. Hometown contenders, no less. We got the next sequel to Dumb and Dumber; it's Tiago and Mario.

TAGLIANI: First lap wonder. Later lap heartbreak.

MORENO: Now, Roberto is starting to perform like we expected. If not for the first lap fracas, it would have been very interesting to see how he did in the race. Dominguez better look out. He may very quickly be relegated back to an also-ran.

CARPENTIER: Yes, he was totally outpaced once again by his teammate. However, this time Patrick was doing a great job trying to make it a Player's sweep.

OVER/UNDER: 12 -- The number of people who will watch Road America on TV.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Blocking.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy becomes the first Canadian to win two consecutive races in the Great White North.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the fastest Vancouver race since 1997 when Mauricio Gugelmin won.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: To the always quotable Tommy Kendall, "Race car drivers are not as hard to train as cats, but they're pretty close."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Bob Varsha, "When you bang the tires, it doesn't matter what the temperatures are."

SCHEDULE: It's a good thing Road America got back on the schedule. It's a bad thing, a really bad thing, nobody but the fans who attend will be able to see it.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 100
2. Junqueira 100
3. Bourdais(R) 100
4. Jourdain 100
5. Manning(R) 98
6. Hunter-Reay(R) 98
7. Haberfeld(R) 98
8. Lavin(R) 98
9. Papis 98
10. Dominguez 96
11. Vasser 90
12. Fernandez 72
13. Carpentier 60
14. Tagliani 30
15. Monteiro(R) 27
16. Servia 4
17. Moreno 3
18. Salles 0
19. Boss(R) 0

Time of Race
1:57:54.322

Winner's Speed
90.632 mph

Margin of Victory
17.820 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 11 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Friday Pole
Bruno Junqueira

Saturday Pole
Paul Tracy

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 161
2. Junqueira 141
3. Jourdain 125
4. Bourdais(R) 100
5. Carpentier 88
6. Servia 76
7. Fernandez 70
8. Dominguez 65
9. Manning(R) 60
10. Tagliani 51
11. Haberfeld(R) 47
12. Vasser 40
13. Moreno 39
14. Hunter-Reay(R) 24
15. Monteiro(R) 18
16. Lavin(R) 11
17. Lemarie(R) 8
18. Camathias(R) 6
19. Papis 5
20. Yoong(R) 4
21. Herta 2


Shiggy Award
Tiago Monteiro

King Hiro Award
Rodolfo Lavin

Gold Coyne Award
Michel Jourdain
 
 
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Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
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Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
Preseason Mexico Long Beach Nazareth
Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
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Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
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