2005 Montreal Thoughts
RACE: This race was a classic crescendo -- started out slow, got a bit exciting in the middle, and then ended with one heck of a climax.
TRACK: Lots of passing this time around.
SERVIA: To us, Oriol's victory was not dramatic. We knew for years that Servia was destined to win a race. Now comes the hard part -- proving he's a championship contender by holding off Paul Tracy for second in the points run.
COTMAN: Though we are critical of the two non-calls on the pit infractions by Andrew Ranger and Paul Tracy, Tony absolutely, positively, 100%, no question about it got the last call correct. There are no arguments. Even Timo Glock and Paul Gentilozzi agree.
NEWMAN/HAAS: During qualifying, nobody was on the same track as this team.
GLOCK: He may have gotten in the lead by pit strategy, and may have been holding up the leaders a tad, but Timo clearly showed he is no slouch and fought like dickens to try to win this race.
WILSON: Had Oriol Servia got by Timo Glock properly the first time, Justin may have been able to grab second. However, another fine run by the lanky Brit.
BOURDAIS: Purely a championship run by Sebastien -- when the win was no longer available, he settled for the points.
TAGLIANI: Alex always runs quick at Montreal. Now, he just needs some luck.
DA MATTA: A bit better than his recent performances.
VASSER: We're starting to wonder whether this really is Jimmy's last year.
TRACY: Now that Sebastien Bourdais' teammate is in second place in the points, Paul's title hopes are essentially over. The Newman/Haas duo can play tag-team to keep Tracy at bay.
ALLMENDINGER: It's all a matter of perspective in racing. Most would say A.J. was lucky the flying rear wing didn't hit him in the head. The racer in A.J. will say that he was unlucky to have the wing hit his tire.
RANGER: Based on the news out of Montreal, Andrew cannot afford anymore crashes.
HUNTER-REAY: Being thoroughly outdone by his teammate (again!) has got to be bad news for Ryan's reputation.
LAVIN: A quiet weekend for Rodolfo after two good performances since coming back.
PHILIPPE: All in all, another good weekend for Nelson.
MARSHALL: Isn't Ryan Briscoe Australian?
BREMER: Ronnie, what the heck were you doing in the back battling for position with Marcus Marshall?!
LEGAULT: We don't know about you, but we don't trust this guy as far as we can throw him.
ZANARDI: Alex, you continue to be an amazing inspiration. Congratulations on your first international race win (in the World Touring Car Championship) since the horrifying crash.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Shortcut.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- the number of laps, and the only one that matters, Oriol Servia led in the race for his first victory.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is just the seventh time in champ car history that the winner led only one lap in the race. The first time it happened was when Eddie Sachs won on an Atlanta dirt oval in 1956.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Oriol Servia on finally winning a race, "I led so many laps before, it took me six years to understand that it's the last one that counts!"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Gentilozzi with his usual frankness on describing his driver's second place performance, "He was out of 'push to pass' time at the end. The fact that he kept him [Servia] behind as long as he did shows he's got great talent and big balls."
SCHEDULE: After a series of great races and events, the momentum is lost with a four week gap. When the cars hit the track again, let's hope the NASCAR fans stick around to see a great race at Las Vegas.
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