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2005 Monterrey Thoughts

RACE: After doing such a good job of avoiding full course yellows at Long Beach, they were back like the plague.

TRACK: We've never been excited about this track, which is worse than some street courses, and for most of the race, that continued to be so. However, the closing laps sure had a lot of people talking the next day.

JUNQUEIRA: As is typical of Bruno, he grabbed victory when it was there for the offering.

RANGER: Andrew didn't become the youngest driver in Champ Car history to stand on the podium just because of attrition. He also did it with some fantastic -- and daring -- driving.

WILSON: Another strong race and once again another near breakthrough race.

BOURDAIS: He pulled a Tracy on Tracy himself.

DA MATTA: Glimpses of his greatness broke through during the weekend. It won't be long before he's fighting for victory again.

HUNTER-REAY: A disappointing weekend.

WIRDHEIM: A huge gamble on strategy nearly paid off, but we would really like to see the speed Bjorn showed back in Europe.

SERVIA: Oriol, how could you throw it away?!

ALLMENDINGER: A.J. is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting drivers to watch. No wonder he was Tracy's prodigy.

GLOCK: Fastest lap of the race. Now, Timo, keep it on the track.

PHILIPPE: Sure, Nelson leading all those laps was due to offsetting pit strategy, but we have to admit, he didn't embarrass himself while at the point.

DOMINGUEZ: One of the reasons Mario has grown on us over the years is because of his honesty. When he has a bad race, he comes right out and admits he was terrible, instead of placing blame on everyone and everything else.

VASSER: A very un-Jimmy-like race.

TRACY: For once, Paul tried to give racing room. He's not expected to drive off the track, even for a Frenchman. Yet, Paul's correct behavior cost him.

MARSHALL: We're hard pressed to believe that Marcus is the best Australian available for this team.

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

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Hot.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 (out of 9 for 33%) -- the number of full course yellows that Timo Glock was somehow involved in.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Bruno Junqueira has now won a race in each of his first five seasons in the series. The last time that happened was back in 1983-88 by Bobby Rahal.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: New PKV Racing technical director and race engineer Tom Brown on what it's like after moving over from the HVM team and going from two rookie drivers to two previous champions, "Now I can't blame the two new guys. If we're not competitive, it's all my fault."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Rocketsports team manager Phil Howard on what he told a friend who works for the BAR-Honda Formula 1 team sitting out a two-race ban, "I told them if they're not doing anything for the next couple of weeks, we've got plenty of work to keep 'em busy."

SCHEDULE: Now, this is more like it. Just a two week break, and then back to the most historical one-mile oval in the world.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Junqueira 76
2. Ranger(R) 76
3. Tagliani 76
4. Wilson 76
5. Bourdais 76
6. da Matta 76
7. Hunter-Reay 76
8. Wirdheim(R) 76
9. Servia 76
10. Allmendinger 75
11. Glock(R) 69
12. Philippe 68
13. Dominguez 56
14. Vasser 54
15. Tracy 49
16. Marshall(R) 39
17. Sperafico(R) 28
18. Goeters(R) 23
19. Bremer(R) 13

Time of Race
2:03:38.021

Winner's Speed
77.602 mph

Margin of Victory
1.376 sec.

Caution Flags
9 for 32 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders
Nelson Philippe, Bjorn Wirdheim, Sebastien Bourdais, Bruno Junqueira, Paul Tracy

Fastest Race Lap
Timo Glock

Most Positions Improved
Andrew Ranger

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Junqueira 59
2. Bourdais 58
3. Wilson 47
4. Tracy 36
5. Ranger(R) 32
6. Tagliani 31
7. Dominguez 30
  da Matta 30
  Glock(R) 30
10. Allmendinger 26
11. Hunter-Reay 25
  Wirdheim(R) 25
13. Servia 23
14. Vasser 21
15. Bremer(R) 20
16. Philippe 13
17. Marshall(R) 12
18. Sperafico(R) 6
19. del Monte(R) 5
20. Goeters(R) 3
 
 
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2006 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

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
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
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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