2006 Milwaukee Thoughts
RACE: Attrition City. For you irony lovers, it is supremely ironic that Champ Car, with no one competing this year at Indy, ran its only oval race of the year against an IRL road race, at a track where Champ Car never ran.
TRACK: It's rather refreshing to see actual passing for a change due to the flat, short oval. The track was great. It must be kept.
THE BIG PICTURE: The big factors here are whether Wisconsin can economically sustain two Champ Car races and whether or not the teams can afford to race ovals given the damage it does to equipment. We certainly hope there are enough race fans for the former, but understand that well may turn on how many American racers the series can run. In the case of equipment damage, this factor will depend on how much sponsorship money the series can attract, which may also hinge on what kind of racing stars the series can develop. We do think in the case of a unified series, it would be great to follow up Indy with the Milwaukee Mile.
TV: How lousy of a TV contract can it be that you can't get the self professed leader in racing coverage to allow a race to run late? Networks is one thing, but being time limited on SPEED Channel is absurd. By default, and tradition, an oval race should never be called on time. Never!
BOURDAIS: What else is there to say? The one track the rest of the field had a chance at, and Sebastien once again squashed them like a bug.
NEWMAN-HAAS: This kind of dominance is what every team strives for, but for the observer, it is boring as watching paint dry on a summer day. Plus, Bourdais' engineer keeps whining even when their in the lead. We're thinking it might take duct tape to solve this problem.
WILSON: Good thing Justin is so tall. This way, when he stands on the second step of the podium, he can at least give the appearance of being on the same level as Bourdais.
PHILIPPE: Nelson was the most exciting driver on the track today, and he earned a well deserved first podium. When we are wrong, like we eventually were with Dominguez, we need to admit it. We'll take a side of crow, well done, with that order, please.
CTE-HVM: These guys and gal sure know how to set up a car for Milwaukee.
ALLMENDINGER: A.J. never liked this track, and thus, despite a brief lead and a fourth place finish, he was never a factor.
SERVIA: With JV in charge at PKV, they are becoming the third best team in Champ Car and Oriol is their number one driver. And this type of performance means Newman-Haas should have stuck with him.
LEGGE: Sure, Katherine "inherited" the lead. But, she definitely did herself proud with how she kept Wilson at bay. Her sixth place finish means that her Long Beach "eighth place best finish for a woman" will now be replaced by her Milwaukee "sixth place best finish for a woman" and we ferverently hope for improvement from there before we are deathly sick of hearing it.
RANGER: Mr. Sixth Place is now becoming Mr. Seventh Place and that translates to a fourth place in the point standings.
CLARKE: It took a whole 25 laps before Crashing Dan caused a yellow. Despite not taking anyone out, the field is still mad at Clarke. Why? Because it was his yellow that allowed Bourdais back in the race.
ZWOLSMAN: Not as good as an oval debut as his fellow 2005 Atlantic graduate.
PASTORELLI: Completely lost out there.
POWER: A very impressive run for Will's oval debut. Deserved better than a broken drive shaft.
HEYLEN: Also lost out there.
DA MATTA: You have to wonder what Cristiano thinks he's doing this year, going from Formula One two years ago to Champ Car backmarker this year. He was never a factor at all.
DOMINGUEZ: Once again, Mario ruins the race for all the spectators, taking out the most exciting driver on The Milwaukee Mile. The last guy who did this kind of crap is now driving the Sonny's Bar-B-Que car.
JUNQUEIRA: Once again, an innocent victim of the Spearing Mexican. We have to admit, we started breathing normally again after we saw him walking after that crash.
TRACY: We are now totally convinced that aliens have abducted the pre-2006 Paul Tracy and are holding him hostage. How else to explain the calm, mature way he handled being taken out by his teammate for the second time this season?
TAGLIANI: Alex's season goes from terrible to horrible.
CARPENTIER: Liar, liar, pants on fire!
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Unstoppable.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4 -- This time it is for the number of consecutive victories for Bourdais.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time a driver started the season with four consecutive wins was in 1964 when A.J. Foyt won at Phoenix, Trenton, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee. The streak lasted seven races when he won at Langhorne, Trenton again, and Springfield before finally losing back at Milwaukee. Foyt finished in last place to end the streak completing just one lap thanks to a broken transmission. Only once during the streak did he win the pole. He then came back and won the next two races. In all, Foyt won 10 of 13 events that year to easily win the championship.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais about the early flat tire, "It's like a malediction here in Milwaukee." We admit, we had to look up that word. So, now Bourdais, a Frenchman, speaks English like a Harvard grad? This is just getting sick!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul Tracy spoke for all the fans, "We only have 16 cars here, and you take three of them out on the first lap. It's pretty stupid."
SCHEDULE: If Vegas offers you good odds on the field minus Bourdais, don't take them. Even if PKV shined at Portland last year.
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