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2004 Milwaukee Thoughts

RACE: First, fourth, and fifth for the red, white, and blue. Who says Americans can no longer compete successfully in Champ Cars?

TRACK: Who can call themselves a true open wheel racing fan while advocating removing ovals such as this flat short track? Then, factor in the 100-year tradition of The Mile, and those people should be tarred and feathered.

HUNTER-REAY: Any doubt Ryan is a star of the future was put to bed with this dominating weekend.

CARPENTIER: Patrick is off to his best season start. So far...

JOURDAIN: It might be third, but Michel remains strong at Milwaukee.

VASSER: Jimmy hasn't lost his touch at Milwaukee.

ALLMENDINGER: For a driver who admitted having reservations about the place, A.J. was splendid.

JUNQUIERA: A quiet but effective race.

DOMINGUEZ: Not a bad run for Mario, but his teammate smashed him.

LAVIN: Two laps away from making one heck of a statement to his critics.

TAGLIANI: When it rains, it pours at Milwaukee.

WILSON: All I have to do is make it through the first lap. All I have to do is make it through the first lap.

MAZZACANE: Who says oval racing is hard...BAM!

TRACY: It's great fun watching someone like Paul at Milwaukee. However, being overly aggressive at Milwaukee will eventually catch up to you.

BOURDAIS: Sebastien will not miss Milwaukee while he is at Le Mans.

SPERAFICO: Is it really possible for someone to make Roberto Gonzalez look like Speedy? Apparently, yes.

PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." That's still a negatory.

POINTS: We never liked the idea of changing the points system -- the original one being perhaps the best in all of motorsports -- and the reason is obvious. It does not promote hard racing nor encourages going for the win. We very well may see the first winless champion since Tom Sneva in 1978.

SPIKE TV: We can't quite seem to put our finger on it, but the race production just isn't cutting it compared to the quality we saw on SPEED Channel last year, and even ESPN before that. Which is odd, considering how good Dangerous Curves is.

DANGEROUS CURVES: Speaking of which, this has got to be the best weekly show of its type in all of racing. Not just because it would qualify for that ranking if all we did was stare at Bronte Tagliani not saying a word for 30 minutes, but because it has just the right mix of technical features, human interest stories, highlights, humor, and well, yeah, a sexy host who knows what she's doing. All packaged in a smartly written quality production.

JENKINS: We were willing to give Bob the benefit of the doubt based on his great reputation from his NASCAR days on ESPN. Despite how hard we are on folks who under perform, even we weren't willing to give Jenkins the axe so quickly. But, it was definitely the right move having Jenkins left out.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Wipeout.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1-2 -- In every session during the weekend, Ryan Hunter-Reay posted either the fastest or second fastest time.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: If you thought Ryan Hunter-Reay was dominating at Milwaukee, in 1972 Joe Leonard won by over four laps.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Gaston Mazzacane on his first taste of small track oval racing, "It's crazy, really crazy."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Ryan Hunter-Reay on the lack of oval races on the season, "I wasn't disappointed before the season to see just one on the schedule. Now I am."

SCHEDULE: Will it or will it not be the last time at Portland?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hunter-Reay 250
2. Carpentier 250
3. Jourdain 250
4. Vasser 249
5. Allmendinger(R) 249
6. Junqueira 248
7. Servia 247
8. Dominguez 246
9. Lavin 245
10. Haberfeld 245
11. Wilson(R) 244
12. Gonzalez(R) 243
13. Tagliani 243
14. Philippe(R) 240
15. Sperafico(R) 240
16. Mazzacane(R) 79
17. Tracy 60
18. Bourdais 50

Time of Race
1:59:12.397

Winner's Speed
129.859 mph

Margin of Victory
5.865 sec.

Caution Flags
7 for 56 laps

Lead Changes
None

Lap Leaders
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Fastest Race Lap
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Most Positions Improved
A.J. Allmendinger

Pole
Ryan Hunter-Reay

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Junqueira 76
2. Carpentier 75
3. Hunter-Reay 66
4. Bourdais 65
5. Dominguez 62
6. Tracy 53
7. Wilson(R) 50
8. Tagliani 46
9. Jourdain 45
10. Vasser 37
11. Allmendinger(R) 35
12. Lavin 32
13. Servia 30
  Haberfeld 30
15. Gonzalez(R) 29
16. Philippe(R) 26
17. Sperafico(R) 15
18. Marques 6
19. Mazzacane(R) 5
 
 
2008 Thoughts
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2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

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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