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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