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2005 Cleveland Thoughts

RACE: A put the hammer down, drive as hard as you can race.

TRACK: Once again, Cleveland brings out the excitement of Champ Cars.

QUALIFYING: Cristiano da Matta gets the provisional pole by 0.004 seconds and Paul Tracy gets the final pole by 0.005 seconds. Wow!

TRACY: We have often criticized the Forsythe pit crew for losing more races than winning them for Paul. However, lately, the crew has been outstanding. They deserve accolades and the victory.

ALLMENDINGER: His best race of his career took everything out of A.J. as he was completely exhausted and dehydrated afterwards.

SERVIA: If the race ran the allotted distance, Oriol would have had second.

TAGLIANI: Alex and the gang at Walker continue to gell more and more as time goes on.

BOURDAIS: Despite speed, things didn't go Sebastien's way.

VASSER: Another sixth place.

WILSON: With all the off course excursions over the weekend and during the race, it's amazing Justin finished at all, never mind in seventh place.

RANGER: Bad luck, but a strong run especially when he was keeping up with Bourdais.

SPERAFICO: What's this, Ricardo in the top ten? Well, let's see if this is the start of something.

MARQUES: Tarso is a good driver. However, not taking anything away from him, the fact is Michael Valiante would mean more to Champ Car than Marques. Buy-a-rides are still too prevalent in top class racing, and the fans once again suffer.

MARSHALL: One more time, what is Marcus doing in Champ Cars?

PHILIPPE: Another nondescript race.

WIRDHEIM: Bjorn barely survived turn one, but all that did was turn him into a turn 8 wall victim.

DA MATTA: Ever the gentleman, Cristiano took all the blame.

HUNTER-REAY: This year, Ryan was the obligatory first lap victim.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Hot.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 30 -- career wins for Paul Tracy, passing Rick Mears for seventh on the all-time list, one behind Al Unser, Jr.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais failed to become the first driver to win three consecutive races at Cleveland.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: After Paul Tracy talked about the great things Cleveland has, Oriol Servia said, "And cool trophies, too!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Tracy on moving up the pole and win career list, "It's either flattering or I'm getting old."

SCHEDULE: To Toronto, the second best street party on the schedule.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 91
2. Allmendinger 91
3. Servia 91
4. Tagliani 91
5. Bourdais 91
6. Vasser 91
7. Wilson 91
8. Ranger(R) 91
9. Sperafico(R) 91
10. Glock(R) 91
11. Marques 90
12. Marshall(R) 89
13. Philippe 89
14. Bremer(R) 80
15. Wirdheim(R) 51
16. da Matta 50
17. Dominguez 38
18. Hunter-Reay 1

Time of Race
1:45:43.856

Winner's Speed
108.755 mph

Margin of Victory
3.113 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 19 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Paul Tracy, Cristiano da Matta, A.J. Allmendinger, Alex Tagliani

Fastest Race Lap
Oriol Servia

Most Positions Improved
Justin Wilson

Friday Pole
Cristiano da Matta

Saturday Pole
Paul Tracy

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 128
2. Bourdais 127
3. Allmendinger 102
4. Wilson 95
5. Vasser 82
6. da Matta 80
7. Servia 79
8. Dominguez 75
9. Ranger(R) 69
  Tagliani 69
11. Glock(R) 65
12. Junqueira 59
  Bremer(R) 59
14. Wirdheim(R) 50
15. Philippe 39
16. Hunter-Reay 38
17. Marshall(R) 36
18. Sperafico(R) 34
19. Valiante(R) 10
  Marques 10
21. del Monte(R) 5
22. Goeters(R) 3
 
 
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San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
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2004 Thoughts
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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
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Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
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