2004 Road America Thoughts
TRACK: You know that episode of South Park when Kenny didn't die. At the end, Kenny, suddenly realizing something was different, begins shouting, "I didn't die! I didn't die!" That's how we felt at the end of this race when, "It didn't rain! It didn't rain!"
RACE: A typical bizarre Road America race with a twist ending, producing yet another first time winner.
YELLOWS: There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have full course yellows on a four plus mile road course.
TAGLIANI: It's about time!
ROCKETSPORTS: As Alex rightfully said, this truly was a well earned victory by the hardest working crew of the weekend.
GENTILOZZI: Paul was happier than if he had won the Trans-Am race. Seeing Kevin Kalkoven's joy at Toronto with a runner up position and now Gentilozzi's enthusiasm after a win makes you believe the series really is in good hands with folks who simply love what they are doing.
LAVIN: Being Road America, it would have been perfectly fitting if Rodolfo won the race.
BOURDAIS: Not your usual Sebastien race.
HUNTER-REAY: A little bit of road rage there, eh Ryan?
VASSER: Jimmy, there are side view mirrors for a reason.
SERVIA: It's difficult to figure out whether Oriol had a good race or not.
TRACY: Made the move of the day ... to no avail.
ALLMENDINGER: If A.J. losses the Rookie of the Year title by a few points, he is going to kick himself for the spin at Road America.
JUNQUEIRA: One word -- frustration.
HABERFELD: Probably the hardest working driver out there, and certainly the most exciting.
SPERAFICO: Another race. Another last row start. Another next to last place finish.
MAZZACANE: Another race. Another back of grid start. Another last place finish.
PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." Nelson who?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Strategy.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: There were nearly three times the amount of caution laps than Vancouver on a track over twice as long.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Road America continues to be the home of first time winners. Alex Tagliani now makes it seven after Hector Rebaque (1982), Jacques Villeneuve the Uncle (1985), Jacques Villeneuve the son (1994), Dario Franchitti (1998), Christian Fittipaldi (1999), and Bruno Junqueira (2003). Out of that group, the second Villeneuve is the only one to win a second race at Elkhart Lake.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais with the most honest quote of the weekend, "All I know is we were leading the race. Then this yellow came out at the wrong moment. I got passed by a couple of people; I passed a bunch of people. And here I am on the podium, and I have no idea what happened in between."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Tommy Kendall with another one of his gems, "It gives you the confidence. It might not necessarily give you the skills."
SCHEDULE: It will be interesting to see how Denver comes off now that the race is locally owned and locally promoted by a very enthusiastic owner/sponsor.
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