2005 Milwaukee Thoughts
RACE: We simply love watching these cars go around the flat one-mile oval of Milwaukee. So, it doesn't matter how the race is. Which is why...
TRACK: ...it's a crying shame that nobody shows up anymore to watch it.
TRACY: A perfectly run race from start to finish. Especially the start!
ALLMENDINGER: Forget Danica. A.J. is the driver America should be excited about.
SERVIA: No surprise he ran a great race. But, will it be his last?
WILSON: Even without considering how poorly Justin did last year at Milwaukee, he ran a great race this year.
RUSPORT: This is no longer a team of the future. It is a team of the present.
VASSER: It started out just great. But the race, along with the car's handling, slipped away from Jimmy.
BOURDAIS: Could have had the runner-up spot if he didn't forget he had no brakes.
BREMER: A quiet, but strong run for the rookie.
GLOCK: Stayed far away from the walls most of the weekend.
TAGLIANI: Surprisingly, had the fastest time in the warm-ups. Not surprisingly, Alex didn't back it up in the race.
DA MATTA: Like his teammate, Cristiano went slip sliding towards the back.
PHILIPPE: Still hasn't gotten the knack for ovals.
MARSHALL: Looked lost out there all day. Maybe as an Australian, he expected the direction to go the other way.
SPERAFICO: We thought Ricardo was the talented Sperafico...
RANGER: A rookie mistake. And Andrew was doing so well his first time at The Mile.
HUNTER-REAY: One year after complete domination, Ryan returns for a back crunching blow. Racing truly is a cruel sport.
CHASSIS: What a stark contrast. Hunter-Reay backs into a non SAFER barrier wall at 178 G's. In slow motion, you can clearly see the back end of the car collapse and break away. Ryan was bruised but did not break anything. This firmly points out just how unsafe the IRL cars are. Sadly, the IRL chassis never needed to be designed like that.
JUNQUEIRA Speaking of which, get well soon Bruno!!
YELLOW A little NASCAR-like yellow there at the end?
UNVEILING Just because Deep Throat came out, doesn't mean Deep Throttle is going to pull the balaclava off.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Sparse.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: To show how dominate the top two teams have been in Champ Car for so long, this was the first race since Miami in 2002 that a Newman/Haas Racing and Forsythe Championship Racing car did not qualify in the first two rows.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first driver to win four races at Milwaukee was Rodger Ward who went on to win a record seven times (once in each of the years 1957 through 1963 when two races a year were held).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy's reaction to the "debris" yellow at the end, "What the f--- is that all about?" Umm, Paul, you better get used to it if you want to go to NASCAR next year.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: ARCA champion and current points leader, Frank Kimmel, on his observation while watching the Champ Cars warm-up, "If I went as deep into Turn One as these guys do, I'd end up in Waukeshaw..."
SCHEDULE: Will Portland be like Milwaukee and continue to disappoint with the attendance figure?
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