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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?

Copyright © 2007 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Wilson 69
2. Heylen 69
3. Junqueira 69
4. Gommendy(R) 69
5. Jani(R) 69
6. Pagenaud(R) 69
7. Bourdais 69
8. Servia 69
9. Rahal(R) 69
10. Dalziel(R) 69
11. Clarke 69
12. Legge 69
13. Doornbos(R) 69
14. Power 69
15. Tagliani 68
16. Figge(R) 68
17. Tracy 14

Time of Race
1:46:02.236

Winner's Speed
110.491 mph

Margin of Victory
7.227 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 10 laps

Lead Changes
5 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Justin Wilson, Bruno Junqueira

Fastest Race Lap
Dan Clarke

Most Positions Improved
Bruno Junqueira

Friday Pole
Justin Wilson

Saturday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 301
2. Wilson 243
3. Doornbos(R) 238
4. Power 228
5. Rahal(R) 209
6. Servia 204
7. Jani(R) 203
8. Pagenaud(R) 192
9. Junqueira 191
10. Tagliani 180
11. Gommendy(R) 140
12. Tracy 137
13. Clarke 121
14. Dalziel(R) 116
15. Heylen 104
16. Legge 96
17. Figge(R) 77
18. Dominguez 53
19. Halliday(R) 18
20. Moreno 9
 
 
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Long Beach

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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