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2004 Vancouver Thoughts

RACE: On the surface, it may have been a runaway, but watching Paul Tracy hammer out qualifying-like laps tempting disaster and wondering whether it will all pay off when he pitted for the splash and go was great stuff.

TRACK: Just three cars eliminated by contact in only two incidents? This was Vancouver, right?

TRACY: Did a Schumacher. Then did a Zanardi.

JOURDAIN: Last year he went up to the level of his team. This year, he had to bide his time while the team got up to his level.

ALLMENDINGER: Anyone following AJ's career was not surprised by this result.

RUSPORT: And anyone who has followed this team through Atlantics and into Champ Car knew it was only a matter of time before they became a group to be reckoned with.

BOURDAIS: Sebastien did what drivers who win championships do -- score as many points as possible with a car that was not going to win.

TAGLIANI: Still looking to give Tracy a reason to respect him...

VASSER: Quite a change of fortune from one race ago.

GIDLEY: Memo had his fans jumping in joy only to send them home groaning.

WILSON: Now that Allmendinger is coming on strong, Justin cannot afford anymore bad luck.

LAVIN: Wow! Two years ago we were all over Mario Dominguez, then the next year he shut us all up. Last year, we were all over Rodolfo, now he is slowly starting to prove us all wrong again. With Michel Jourdain's slow rise to the top, maybe we would be wise to hold off judging Mexican drivers for at least a year.

GONZALEZ: Which means next year ... nah.

MAZZACANE: For crying out loud, send Gaston back to where he came from.

SPERAFICO: And take Alex with you.

COYNE: What is it with Dale Coyne, Vancouver, and lousy drivers doing stupid things on the pace lap? Oh wait, that's a redundancy.

CARPENTIER: You're too nice Patrick. This was one time that would have justified taking a driver back behind the tool shed.

PHILIPPE: "I've earned my spot in the Champ Car World Series." Hey, Nelson, did you see what Gidley did with your "outdated poorly engineered" car? Outdid Tagliani (did you ever do that?) with the best qualifying effort for Rocketsports this year. Oh year, we forgot, it wasn't your fault. It's the team's. Silly us.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Clean.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 28 -- The number of seconds Paul Tracy opened the lead to in order to keep it when he needed the extra pit stop.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Tracy becomes the second driver to win Vancouver from the pole in two consecutive years. Michael Andretti did it in 1991 and 1992.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Tommy Kendall in describing the push to pass button when you are ahead of the driver, "You might call it the FU button which is ... ahh ... ahh ... the follow us button."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Tommy Kendall who was in his usual form all broadcast describing Tracy's donuts, "Paul Tracy, the master baker."

SCHEDULE: Road America -- the best road racing circuit in the country. However, just like Mid-Ohio and Portland, if the fans feel so emotional about keeping it on the schedule, they have to attend the race.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 85
2. Jourdain 85
3. Allmendinger(R) 85
4. Junqueira 85
5. Bourdais 85
6. Dominguez 85
7. Tagliani 85
8. Hunter-Reay 85
9. Haberfeld 85
10. Vasser 84
11. Gidley 84
12. Servia 84
13. Gonzalez(R) 83
14. Wilson(R) 80
15. Lavin 66
16. Carpentier 21
17. Sperafico(R) 19
18. Mazzacane(R) 0

Time of Race
1:34:42.849

Winner's Speed
95.900 mph

Margin of Victory
5.557 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Paul Tracy, Michel Jourdain, Sebastien Bourdais, Mario Dominguez

Fastest Race Lap
Paul Tracy

Most Positions Improved
Michel Jourdain

Friday Pole
Paul Tracy

Saturday Pole
Rodolfo Lavin

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 186
2. Junqueira 159
3. Tracy 142
4. Carpentier 134
5. Tagliani 120
6. Hunter-Reay 115
7. Vasser 112
8. Allmendinger(R) 108
9. Dominguez 105
10. Jourdain 94
11. Wilson(R) 90
12. Servia 87
  Haberfeld 87
14. Gonzalez(R) 73
15. Lavin 62
16. Philippe(R) 43
  Sperafico(R) 43
18. Mazzacane(R) 41
19. Gidley 15
20. Marques 6
 
 
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
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