2005 Denver Thoughts
RACE: Wild. Crazy. Still not as exciting as last year.
TRACK: The cool weather made the track fast, and the rain did not make an appearance.
DENVER: They did a good job throwing a great party for their city.
QUALIFYING: Pretty much a snore fest, with the exception of PT setting a new course record.
BOURDAIS: There is no question that Sebastien is one of the best drivers in racing today. And, it's very important to be in the right place to take advantage of opportunities. However, let's face it, Bourdais has one heck of a golden horseshoe! He had no right to be in contention at Edmonton, but the RuSport team handed him the victory. He did well at San Jose, but nobody was willing to attempt a pass there. In Denver, he couldn't keep up with Paul Tracy, but once again was handed the victory on a golden [horseshoe] platter.
DOMINGUEZ: Long overdue awesome performance. He brought the most excitement of any of the drivers with his final lap pass on Allmendinger.
ALLMENDINGER: He has learned to calm down and drive his own race. Congratulations on not throwing it all away with the last lap pass by Mario.
SERVIA: Oriol had a bit of a golden horseshoe himself. Saddled with a damaged car from the start, he still brought it home in fourth.
NEWMAN/HAAS: Continue to be the class of the field, and their results prove it.
LAVIN Has better results more quickly than we ever expected and with lesser equipment than last year. Welcome back, Rodolfo!
HUNTER-REAY: Ryan is really being outdone by his teammate lately, which has to make us wonder what is the real problem at Rocketsports?
BREMER: A solid performance.
SPERAFICO: Not a bad run, but we're not quite ready to declare Ricardo as truly the fastest Sperafico.
PHILIPPE: Once again, a respectable effort by Nelson.
RANGER: In contrast to the early part of the season, a disappointing effort for Andrew.
MARSHALL: Should we tell him that Champ Car really doesn't have a job called Chief Backmarker?
GLOCK: Flawless racing should have gotten our favorite rookie on the podium. Instead, he's checking into Heartbreak Hotel.
TAGLIANI: A da Matta victim. Too bad, because he looked strong all weekend.
VASSER: What is it with Jimmy and first lap incidents?
TRACY: The old Paul is back. But in this case, that is not a good thing. And then he compounds it by manhandling a safety worker. Dude, you deserve a fine.
WILSON: An innocent victim of the da Matta curse. Had a great start until Shorty ran out of talent.
DA MATTA: Cristiano pulls a typical bonehead first turn move for a rookie. Which we didn't think he was, but he could have fooled us.
PKV: By far their worst race weekend of the year. Katherine Legge finishing next to last followed by that Cristiano mess that also took out Jimmy.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bonehead.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Denver street race has been run six times with three back-to-back winners: Al Unser, Jr. in 1990-91, Bruno Junqueira in 2002-3, and Sebastien Bourdais the past two races.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: On SPEED Channel after the Denver race, they showed the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Pikes Peak actually counted for national championship points in 1947-55 and again in 1965-69. During those years, Al Rogers won it the most times with four consecutive victories from 1948-51. The only other multiple winners were Louis Unser and Bobby Unser, with two victories each.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy after his crash, "I just handed the championship to Sebastien." Ya, think?!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Alex Tagliani on Cristiano da Matta's first lap mistake, "I don't know what he was thinking with a move like that. He basically hit everything that moved at the first corner."
SCHEDULE: Sure Montreal has F1. But, will they allow themselves to be outdone by Edmonton this year?
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