2007 Holland Thoughts
TRACK: Great track to drive. Not a great track to pass.
RACE: Like Zolder, a race European fans are used to.
EVENT: Assen was more successful than Zolder. The Dutch fans sure are crazy about motor racing -- the two or four wheel variety.
THE BIG PICTURE: European success is good news for the series. But, it is a double edged sword.
START: Another successful start in front of a demanding crowd. And for once, Bourdais actually made the wrong choice.
WILSON: So, RuSPORT splits away from the RSPORTS arrangement, and Justin wins his first race of the year. Must just be a coincidence...
HEYLEN: This is what Jan wanted to do last week in his own country.
CONQUEST RACING: A great result for a dedicated group.
JUNQUEIRA: A sure upset slipped away.
DALE COYNE RACING: There is no truth to the rumor that Dale Coyne is lobbying for the entire season to be run in Europe. We think...
GOMMENDY: Getting back to some of that promise Tristan momentarily showed a few months ago.
JANI: Not a nondescript race this time for Neel. A very strong run that should have been better than fifth.
PKV RACING: The best weekend of the year.
BOURDAIS: Sebastien is actually human. He made a mistake!
SERVIA: Once again, the number one driver for Forsythe, despite also being inflicted with the dreaded P2P bug.
RAHAL: A learning experience.
DALZIEL: Ryan quietly got a top ten.
CLARKE: Dan stayed out of trouble, and he was speedy, but without any luck.
DOORNBOS: Now, Robert needs to concentrate on the Rookie title.
POWER: Lack of fuel eliminates him from the championship.
FIGGE: Hey, Alex didn't spin.
TRACY: But Paul did.
ALMS: Best race of the weekend.
TROUBLE LAUNCHING: Push to Pass.
NEVER A FACTOR: Paul Tracy.
SHOULD REMAINED PARKED: The software engineers.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bug.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the first time Sebastien Bourdais did not win a Champ Car race in Europe. He won both events in 2003 (Brands Hatch and Eurospeedway) and last week's Zolder race.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Racing in Assen dates back to 1925 when public roads were used. The first course was 17.75-miles long on brick-paved roads. The first permanent circuit was used in 1955, which was 4.788-miles in length.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Graham Rahal on the track, "Itís probably the best track we've been to, but it's impossible to pass."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Michael Cannon talking about how he needs to make his driver, Robert Doornbos, be competitive in front of the home crowd, "I think we'll be OK in race trim. At least I hope so. Otherwise I've got my own private lynch mob I'll have to answer to."
SCHEDULE: Well, it was an interesting 2007 season ... what was that? ... there are still races left this year ... really? ... when?
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