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2004 Long Beach Thoughts

RACE: Not exactly the type of race you wanted to start off the new Champ Car series.

TRACK: Either the push-to-pass was too new for everyone to get a handle on it, or it's not going to do what many thought on a street circuit. Or both.

START: After all that went on this past winter, did you expect anything else but a rocky start?

TRACY: Picked up where he left off -- aggressive and fast.

JUNQUEIRA: Picked up where he left off -- sucking Tracy's exhaust fumes.

BOURDAIS: Hint for next race Sebastian -- use the push-to-pass button on the start.

CARPENTIER: Well, at least this year he has one teammate he can beat...

DOMINGUEZ: Held off his teammate ... this time.

HUNTER-REAY: Looking good with his new team.

TAGLIANI: Very strong weekend.

HABERFELD: Not too shabby for a Reynard.

LAVIN: Well, Rodolfo was a bit of a surprise.

JOURDAIN: Not too surprising that Michel struggled considering he jumped onto a new team at the last moment.

ALLMENDINGER: A strong debut weekend spoiled by the start.

PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." No, you haven't.

GONZALEZ: Does Roberto have compromising photos of the car owners? How else can you explain this total wanker being in Champ Cars? He's horribly slow (couldn't even beat a 17-year-old with barely any racing experience), gets in the leaders' way, and is generally a useless entity on the track.

COYNE: Considering this effort was put together at literally the last minute, we'll cut them some slack for this race. This is definitely Coyne's best team. In a few races, they better be making some noise.

FERNANDEZ: "I could only count 13 confirmed and that's not enough." Hey Adrian, you must feel like a f------ idiot.

RAHAL: "I still think where you go depends on what your sponsors want." Hey Booby Bobby, your sponsor wanted to be in Champ Car and in fact is still there! You must feel like a f------ idiot.

ANDRETTI: Hey Mikey, didn't you say that Champ Car wouldn't have enough cars last year? You must feel like a f------ idiot. Twice over!

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Whew.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 18 -- as in the number of cars that started the race.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Let's not forget that there were runaway races in the past, much worse than this year. In 1987, Mario Andretti lapped the entire field. That was repeated the following year by Al Unser, Jr.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: To Kevin Kalkhoven for stating the facts on Friday, "It's 10 o'clock in the morning. The sun is shining. There's 18 cars on the grid. We're rolling."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Gerry Forsythe for being to the point, "...the doomsayers can now take a rest."

SCHEDULE: Since St. Petersburg never happened in May, we're back to that lousy five week wait between the first and second race.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 81
2. Junqueira 81
3. Bourdais 81
4. Carpentier 81
5. Dominguez 81
6. Wilson(R) 81
7. Hunter-Reay 81
8. Tagliani 81
9. Haberfeld 80
10. Lavin 80
11. Jourdain 80
12. Allmendinger(R) 79
13. Philippe(R) 78
14. Gonzalez(R) 76
15. Servia 14
16. Vasser 1
17. Sperafico(R) 1
18. Marques 1

Time of Race
1:44:12.348

Winner's Speed
91.785 mph

Margin of Victory
5.681 sec.

Caution Flags
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier, Bruno Junqueira

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Justin Wilson

Friday Pole
Bruno Junqueira

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 32
2. Junqueira 29
3. Bourdais 27
4. Carpentier 24
5. Dominguez 21
6. Wilson(R) 20
7. Hunter-Reay 17
8. Tagliani 15
9. Haberfeld 13
10. Lavin 11
11. Jourdain 10
12. Allmendinger(R) 9
13. Philippe(R) 8
14. Gonzalez(R) 7
15. Servia 6
16. Vasser 5
17. Sperafico(R) 4
18. Marques 3
 
 
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Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
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2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
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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