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2005 Toronto Thoughts

RACE: Over 50 glorious green flag laps followed by yellow fever. However, all those full course cautions ended up producing a thrilling, tension filled finish.

TRACK: Twenty years at Toronto, and it never grows old.

QUALIFYING: We marveled at the last race with .005 and .004 seconds being the difference. That turned out to be nothing compared to Toronto's pole decided by .002 seconds.

WILSON: In some ways, Justin finally winning a race was so expected, it was anti-climactic. In other ways, Justin finally winning a race was as thrilling as it gets.

RUSSO: Could not have happened to a nicer and more deserving guy. Luckily, Allmendinger's huge wreck did not turn out worse to spoil the breakthrough.

SERVIA: Now, we're all waiting for Oriol to "break the duck," or whatever the expression is in Spain.

TAGLIANI: A bit of a backing into the podium, but Alex ran very well and very quick all weekend, and deserved the break.

VASSER: Mr. 6th Place narrowly avoided that spot only because of the last lap failures of other drivers and cars. However, the points worked out to drop him into ... you guessed it ... sixth place in the standings.

BOURDAIS: Sebastien, here's a helpful hint. Before you get into the car next time, take a tape measure and measure the length of the car that extends out behind the cockpit. This way, you may actually be able to know when to move in front of someone.

HUNTER-REAY: Talk about hitting and running. Nice bowling pin move to get by three cars...

GLOCK: Timo drove like a wild man all weekend thanks to his car never having a proper setup.

A. SPERAFICO: Alex is back. And not a single soul cheered.

DALZIEL: Rough debut, but Ryan deserves another chance.

PHILIPPE: We have brutally criticized Nelson in the past, so when credit is due, we are more than willing to give it. Nelson drove very hard and aggressively all weekend, and actually looked like a racecar driver out there.

RANGER: What a tough break after such a fine run.

ALLMENDINGER: We love A.J. We think he is the real deal and a future star. However, there is no beating around the bush on this one. He screwed up. Big time. It's as simple as that.

DOMINGUEZ: Talk about nowhere to go.

MARSHALL: We sure hope the Australian driver development program that Derrick Walker is going to check out produces a better choice than Marcus real fast.

WIRDHEIM: Has the HVM team disintegrated that much in one year or is Bjorn, despite being a F3000 champion, overrated?

TRACY: Reminiscent of the time Gilles Villeneuve ran laps just as fast with the front wing bent up blocking his view in the Montreal GP many years ago.

FORSYTHE: Just recently we complimented this team on how they turned things around and were winning races for Tracy. Then comes one of their biggest blunders in history. How can you not know you are about to run out of fuel in 200 yards with today's data acquisition?! Thus, once again they lose a race for Tracy.

R. SPERAFICO: Just when we were going to say that Ricardo may really be the talented Sperafico, he goes out and fails to perform the simple driving task of holding it on the inside.

GENTILOZZI: Now that Paul has proven beyond a doubt he is capable of putting together the greatest Trans-Am team of all time, it's time to do the same for his Champ Car team. Heck, just 10% of that success would be a huge improvement.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Breakthrough.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 30 -- The number of Trans-Am wins that Paul Gentilozzi now has as the all time winner in that series.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Donohue's 29 Trans-Am wins came in a much shorter period of time of 55 starts for an all-time winning percentage of 52.73%. Following him with at least 50 starts is Peter Gregg at 40%, Scott Pruett at 37.29%, Bob Tullius at 33.87%, and Tommy Kendall at 30.43%.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Carl Russo on what he told Justin Wilson after missing out on the pole by .002 seconds, "Next time we're that close, try to break wind on that lap."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Carl Russo, who was on a roll after the race, commenting on the early leaders altercation, "It seems like Sebastien and Paul are getting along well this year."

SCHEDULE: Like last year, another Canadian venue right after Toronto. Except this time, it's a brand new one in Edmonton. And from early indications, it will be yet another smashing Canadian success.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Wilson 86
2. Servia 86
3. Tagliani 86
4. Vasser 86
5. Bourdais 86
6. Hunter-Reay 86
7. Glock(R) 86
8. A. Sperafico 86
9. Dalziel(R) 85
10. Philippe 85
11. Ranger(R) 83
12. Allmendinger 80
13. Dominguez 80
14. Marshall(R) 65
15. Wirdheim(R) 60
16. Tracy 57
17. da Matta 56
18. R. Sperafico(R) 55

Time of Race
1:46:10.177

Winner's Speed
85.296 mph

Margin of Victory
0.731 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 21 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy, Oriol Servia, Justin Wilson

Fastest Race Lap
Justin Wilson

Most Positions Improved
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Friday Pole
Paul Tracy

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 150
2. Tracy 135
3. Wilson 128
4. Allmendinger 111
5. Servia 107
6. Vasser 105
7. Tagliani 94
8. da Matta 84
9. Dominguez 83
10. Glock(R) 82
11. Ranger(R) 79
12. Junqueira 59
  Bremer(R) 59
14. Hunter-Reay 58
15. Wirdheim(R) 56
16. Philippe 50
17. Marshall(R) 43
18. R. Sperafico(R) 37
19. A. Sperafico 15
20. Dalziel(R) 13
21. Valiante(R) 10
  Marques 10
23. del Monte(R) 5
24. Goeters(R) 3
 
 
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2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
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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