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2004 Denver Thoughts

RACE: The best race of the year!

TRACK: The improvements were a success. A lot of passing for a street circuit. Heck, for any track. And they are talking about making even more improvements for next year.

EVENT: Last week we wondered how the event would be now that it is locally owned and promoted. Well, we now know, and the results are astounding, especially considering that Dover Downs -- no slouches to running street races themselves -- were the previous owners. Paul Tracy is right, Denver is now right up there with the most successful events (Surfers, the Canadian races, and Long Beach). Portland, Road America, Laguna Seca, take note.

BOURDAIS: A Zanardi-like comeback.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno gets aggressive, takes the early lead, runs hard and fast, but in the end, he is still overshadowed by his teammate.

NEWMAN-HAAS: Teammates are now playing tit for tat.

TRACY: Played it hard but clean for a change.

DOMINGUEZ: Have you noticed that Mario never complains or whines no matter what happens to him? In fact, he seems to enjoy hard racing, even if he is a victim.

SERVIA: Maybe Oriol never lived up to his potential in the past, but what he is doing with a Dale Coyne car is simply magnificent.

HABERFELD: Mario really deserves to be in a Lola.

TAGLIANI: From winner to also-ran. Racing fortune changes so fast.

PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." More like, "My daddy has more money than your daddy, Mr. Sperafico."

CONQUEST: Note to Eric Bachelart -- make sure you get paid now before Philippe gets a few more races under his belt.

SPERAFICO: Even we aren't surprised that Philippe is faster in your car, Alex.

SMITH: Note to Guy, if you replace a 17-year-old driver with no experience, you really need to be faster than said backmarker.

MAZZACANE: Before we questioned whether he drove in F1. Now we question whether he's even driven a racecar before.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Thrilling.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais turned in the fastest lap of the race on the next to last tour. This despite suffering suspension damage, having his steering knocked askew, and being so close to falling apart when on the last lap his car kept bottoming out. That's faster with a beat up car than anyone else could do with relatively healthy mounts.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser tying Al Unser, Jr's record for consecutive starts at 192 is interesting because those two are linked in what was almost Vasser's first Champ Car victory. In the 1995 Portland race, Unser's victory was taken away for a technical infraction handing the win to Vasser, his first. However, months later, the penalty was reversed on appeal, and Vasser had to wait the following year in the season opening race at Homestead before getting his first victory en route to his first championship.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais giving his teammate quite a slam at the post race press conference after Bruno Junqueira said he did nothing wrong on the first lap altercation, "You are very lucky, Bruno, that I am gentleman, because I could be pretty hard on you."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Dick Simon on his return in a strange new role, "How's that for a change? Who'd have ever thought I'd be a sponsor?"

SCHEDULE: Back to Montreal and a province that is absolutely crazy about open wheel racing.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 90
2. Tracy 90
3. Junqueira 90
4. Dominguez 90
5. Allmendinger(R) 90
6. Servia 90
7. Wilson(R) 90
8. Haberfeld 90
9. Carpentier 90
10. Tagliani 89
11. Lavin 88
12. Gonzalez(R) 88
13. Philippe(R) 87
14. Jourdain 86
15. Mazzacane(R) 86
16. Hunter-Reay 72
17. Vasser 63
18. Smith(R) 56

Time of Race
1:40:25.232

Winner's Speed
89.103 mph

Margin of Victory
7.446 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 9 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Paul Tracy, Bruno Junqueira, Sebastien Bourdais

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Roberto Gonzalez

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 248
2. Junqueira 192
3. Tracy 180
4. Tagliani 164
5. Carpentier 154
6. Dominguez 149
7. Hunter-Reay 144
8. Allmendinger(R) 137
9. Vasser 131
10. Servia 125
11. Wilson(R) 124
12. Jourdain 114
13. Haberfeld 112
14. Lavin 100
15. Gonzalez(R) 88
16. Philippe(R) 51
17. Mazzacane(R) 50
18. Sperafico(R) 47
19. Gidley 15
20. Smith(R) 14
21. Marques 6
 
 
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2006 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
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
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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