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2005 Mexico City Thoughts

RACE: Some really nice battles in various parts of the field and lots of controversy to end the season.

TRACK: We still love that baseball stadium section.

START: Absolutely perfect formation. The best start in years.

WILSON: A definite championship contender for next year.

ALLMENDINGER: Yet another second place finish.

RUSPORT: Perhaps now the second best team in Champ Car?

TRACY: This race is the perfect example why Paul has so much trouble winning championships. This race is the perfect example why we wouldn't want Paul anywhere else but in Champ Car.

SERVIA: A quiet weekend for Oriol.

GLOCK: Timo never had a chance, and it almost caused him to never have a chance to escape Mexico alive.

DOMINGUEZ: To add insult to injury, not only did Glock's mugging cause Mario to lose the position in the race to him, but it also caused Mario to lose a position in the final standings to Glock.

VASSER: Whatever you decide Jimmy, we know you will do it with style and grace. Just like you carried yourself throughout your whole career.

PHILIPPE: Another fine run to the obvious choice of most improved driver.

RANGER: Another disappointing run for Andrew considering the start of his rookie season.

POWER: Excellent, excellent run. Will definitely deserves to take Marcus Marshall's ride.

MCDOWELL: Michael certainly did better in the Grand Am race.

ZWOLSMAN: A learning weekend for Charles' first race, and there should be better things to come from him.

DA MATTA: Now Cristiano knows how it feels to be punted from behind.

BOURDAIS: Sebastien finally pays for his mistake. But, it's a bit too late as far as the other drivers care.

LAVIN: Involved in one of the wildest restarts we've ever seen. And best of all, Rodolfo was more than willing to mix it up.

SPERAFICO: We thought Ricardo was the talented Sperafico...

BREMER: A rough ending to Ronnie's season.

DEL MONTE: There's a reason why Fabrizio doesn't belong in this series.

MARSHALL: Hey, Marcus, we don't care about your contract dispute. Because we don't want wankers back.

TV: Though the TV schedule for 2006 is not as big of a network improvement as everyone hoped, going back to the days when all the races got repeated and a better qualifying show is a step in the right direction.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Adios.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1-2 -- RuSport's first, and long overdue, top two finish.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais just missed out on becoming the fifth driver since 1956 (the post-AAA era) to finish every race in a season. The four who did so were Jim McElreath and A.J. Foyt in 1963, Al Unser, Jr. in 1992, and Jimmy Vasser in 1996. Only Foyt and Vasser won championships in those years.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In a quote that has numerous meanings and ramifications, A.J. Allmendinger said, "P.T. is an idiot. I hate to agree with Sebastien on anything, but I might have to agree with him on this one."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Timo Glock after being called to the principal's office after his road rage incident during Saturday's practice session, "I'd rather not talk about if they want to hold kindergarten classes on race weekend."

SCHEDULE: It's been a long time since a season ended without feeling any trepidation on what was going to happen in the offseason. This year, we have just one thing to worry about -- is it 2006, yet?

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Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Wilson 70
2. Allmendinger 70
3. Tracy 70
4. Servia 70
5. Glock(R) 70
6. Vasser 70
7. Philippe 70
8. Tagliani 70
9. Ranger(R) 70
10. Power(R) 70
11. McDowell(R) 70
12. Dominguez 70
13. Zwolsman(R) 70
14. da Matta 70
15. Lavin 69
16. Richards(R) 69
17. Bourdais 61
18. Sperafico(R) 54
19. Bremer(R) 18

Time of Race
1:58:23.479

Winner's Speed
98.835 mph

Margin of Victory
3.936 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 13 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Justin Wilson, Rodolfo Lavin

Fastest Race Lap
Justin Wilson

Most Positions Improved
Andrew Ranger

Friday Pole
A.J. Allmendinger

Saturday Pole
Justin Wilson

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 348
2. Servia 288
3. Wilson 265
4. Tracy 246
5. Allmendinger 227
6. Vasser 217
7. Tagliani 207
8. Glock(R) 202
9. Dominguez 198
10. Ranger(R) 140
11. da Matta 139
12. Bremer(R) 139
13. Philippe 117
14. Wirdheim(R) 115
15. Hunter-Reay 110
16. Marshall(R) 104
17. R. Sperafico(R) 92
18. Lavin 72
19. Junqueira 59
20. A. Sperafico 24
21. McDowell(R) 19
22. Power(R) 17
23. Dalziel(R) 13
24. Valiante(R) 10
  Marques 10
26. del Monte(R) 10
27. Zwolsman(R) 8
28. Richards(R) 5
29. Goeters(R) 3
 
 
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2006 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
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2005 Thoughts
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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
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Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

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Portland Cleveland Toronto
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