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2005 Australia Thoughts

RACE: After the lead was settle, some good action in the back of the pack kept us entertained.

TRACK: Some great new camera angles by the Australians really showed the speed in portions of this circuit.

EVENT: It's Surfer's Paradise! How can you possibly say anything about this event that hasn't already been said.

BOURDAIS: What better way to clinch the championship then with a win.

SERVIA: Nice guys get bumped to last.

ALLMENDINGER: Another impressive second place.

VASSER: There is still some life left in this old dog.

TAGLIANI: We know Alex is a really smart guy. As the only non-Australian on Team Down Under, Alex would never do something so stupid as to bump off a teammate, especially one with such a cool name, in front of 100,000+ Aussies. Alex is too smart to do something like that...

GLOCK: We picked him to win the Rookie of the Year, so thanks Timo for making us look smart.

WILSON: Justin's finishing position isn't a proper indicator of his strong race.

BREMER: A quiet but effective race after a poor qualifying.

SPERAFICO: Yeah, he made up a lot of positions, but he was still dog slow.

RANGER: Is it just us, or is Andrew getting slower and slower as the season goes on?

PHILIPPE: Meanwhile, Nelson is definitely getting faster and faster as the season goes on.

MARSHALL: Hey, a pretty decent run. Must be the power of the home crowd.

POWER: Speaking of power, Will was looking strong enough to take Marshall's ride away next year.

MCDOWELL: Michael may well be the next great American driver, but throwing him on a very tight street circuit for his debut is asking a lot. Nonetheless, he didn't embarrass himself.

DA MATTA: Like Denver, Cristiano pulls a typical bonehead first turn move for a rookie. Which we didn't think he was, but he could have fooled us. Again.

DEL MONTE: Fabrizio is a typical example of everything that is wrong with modern day racing.

TRACY: Another mistake by Paul, this time in qualifying that ultimately bit him in the race, lost him a ton of points. Again.

DOMINGUEZ: The proverbial wrong place at the wrong time.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Champion.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- Bourdais is the third driver in the last four years to clinch the championship with a victory.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 15 -- Bourdais is the 15th driver to win back-to-back national championships. The first to do so was Tommy Milton in 1920-21.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kevin Kalkhoven on the Toronto situation while hinting at how he has won every battle with that guy in Indianapolis, "We'll be racing in Toronto for a long time to come. Long Beach is the jewel of American portion of our series, and we purchased the assets earlier this year. Mexico City is the jewel of the Mexican portion of our series, and we own half of that. Do you see a trend there?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Oriol Servia making lemonade out of lemons, "It's great to hear on the radio, 'Go for it, you don't have to save fuel.' Passing people all over, having a great car it was great fun."

SCHEDULE: From one event with over 300,000 weekend attendance to another with possibly that much.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 57
2. Allmendinger 57
3. Vasser 57
4. Tagliani 57
5. Servia 57
6. Glock(R) 57
7. Wilson 57
8. Bremer(R) 57
9. Sperafico(R) 57
10. Ranger(R) 57
11. Marshall(R) 56
12. McDowell(R) 56
13. Lavin 53
14. Philippe 47
15. Power(R) 29
16. del Monte(R) 28
17. Tracy 24
18. Dominguez 1
19. da Matta 0

Time of Race
1:39:26.671

Winner's Speed
96.123 mph

Margin of Victory
9.130 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 7 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Ricardo Sperafico

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Oriol Servia

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 344
2. Servia 265
3. Wilson 231
4. Tracy 221
5. Allmendinger 199
6. Vasser 198
7. Tagliani 192
8. Dominguez 189
9. Glock(R) 181
10. Bremer(R) 137
11. da Matta 132
12. Ranger(R) 126
13. Wirdheim(R) 115
14. Hunter-Reay 110
15. Marshall(R) 104
16. Philippe 100
17. R. Sperafico(R) 89
18. Lavin 65
19. Junqueira 59
20. A. Sperafico 24
21. Dalziel(R) 13
22. Marques 10
  Valiante(R) 10
  del Monte(R) 10
25. McDowell(R) 9
26. Power(R) 6
27. Goeters(R) 3
 
 
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Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

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Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
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Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
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