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2007 Mexico City Thoughts

TRACK: A real road course. Now they need to put together better support races, so it's more of an event and less of a blip on the radar.

RACE: Typical Mexico City season finale -- without rain, it's not very exciting up front, but some cool racing around mid-pack.

EVENT: Attendance may not be what it was when this event first appeared, but it still outdoes NASCAR.

THE BIG PICTURE: Okay, for starters, there is way too much time between the previous race at Surfer's Paradise. Casual fans, forget it, they are long gone, at least for 2007. This late in the year, even hardcore fans have trouble remembering when this race is.

START: Three non-starters. Not a pretty sight. And why didn't they let them race through the first few corners before throwing the full course yellow? That's the most exciting part of the race that cannot be equaled by a single file restart.

BOURDAIS: Talk about making a statement, showing once again how profound the difference is between a great driver and a phenomenal driver. Au revior, Sebastien et Claire. Bonne chance en F1, mes amies.

NEWMAN/HAAS/LANIGAN RACING: Becoming the New England Patriots of Champ Car.

POWER: Totally screwed up the restart and his last chance to win. Well, he was third in 2006, second in 2007, so in 2008...

SERVIA: Bourdais may have had the drive of the day, but Oriol provided the most exciting race performance with the drive up through the field and a great end of race run.

PKV RACING: What was that reason again for not hiring Servia at the beginning of the season?

RAHAL: A fine run to end a fine rookie season.

TRACY: Since when is a fifth place finish reason for Paul to be happy? Strange times.

MARTINEZ: Meanwhile, David did well in front of his fellow countrymen and got second fastest lap of the race.

FORSYTHE: Glimmers of competitiveness.

PAGENAUD: Talk about lightning quick reactions at the start. Wow!

JUNQUEIRA: Who would have thought at the beginning of the season, a seventh place finish for Bruno in a Dale Coyne car would be a disappointment?

DOMINGUEZ: While he moved up in the race, Mario was ultimately a mid-packer in his own country.

JANI: Outdone by a new teammate. Again.

WILSON: Can't buy a break in Mexico.

FIGGE: Well, Alex didn't spin ... if you don't count practice.

PHILIPPE: Once again, Nelson was not really a factor all weekend just like last year. But, we are glad he's back.

TAGLIANI: Tags was in the race? We didn't notice. Sorry.

LEGGE: What a heartbreaker. Katherine was running so well until she broke. Was it her last Champ Car race?

CLARKE: The best thing we can say about Dan's first lap mechanical failure is it kept him from hitting anyone else.

DOORNBOS: There was nothing wrong with what Robert and his team did to get the bonus point for fastest lap. However, there is something wrong with the rules that allow someone to treat the race like a qualifying session when that's not the point of fastest race lap. Just like GP2, there should be circumstances where a driver is not eligible for fastest race lap.

TEAM MINARDI USA: Clutch in one car ... BAM! Clutch in the other car ... BAM! What the...?

TROUBLE LAUNCHING: Team Minardi USA.

NEVER A FACTOR: Alex Tagliani.

SHOULD REMAINED PARKED: Minardi's clutches. Oh wait, they were parked.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Farewell.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: You pick it. 4 for the number of championships (all consecutive, most ever), second best all time. 17 for the number of career wins from pole position, third best all time. 31 for the number of career victories (out of 73 starts, for a whopping .425 winning percentage), sixth best all time. 8 for most wins in a season, fourth best all time. 31 for career pole positions, sixth best all time. 4 for number of consecutive wins, fourth best all time. 2,103 laps led (out of 6,905), 15th best all time. 5 for the number of years this was all done.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Bourdais was the first driver to win four consecutive championships, topping Ted Horn who won three. A.J. Foyt came mighty close to five consecutive titles when he won in 1960, 1961, 1963, and 1964, finishing second in 1962 to Rodger Ward.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastien Bourdais on the emotions of the moment, "Everybody was really emotional today, and I was, too. I had to leave a couple of times before jumping in the McDonald's car. I couldn't hold it. It was really, really strange just to finally realize that it was going to be the last time."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: And just to make sure that Bourdais doesn't leave without a good whine, his reaction to the penalty for laying down rubber in his starting spot with video evidence to prove it, "Bullshit! I've been busted a few times this year for things I haven't done."

SCHEDULE: Announced just before the season ended. What timing ... NOT!

Copyright 2007 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



Courtesy of the Champ Car World Series

RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 64
2. Power 64
3. Servia 64
4. Rahal(R) 64
5. Tracy 64
6. Pagenaud(R) 64
7. Junqueira 64
8. Dominguez 64
9. Jani(R) 64
10. Wilson 64
11. Figge(R) 63
12. Philippe 63
13. Tagliani 62
14. Martinez(R) 58
15. Legge 56
16. Doornbos(R) 12
17. Clarke 0

Time of Race
1:45:02.885

Winner's Speed
101.403 mph

Margin of Victory
1.906 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 8 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power

Fastest Race Lap
Robert Doornbos

Most Positions Improved
Mario Dominguez

Friday Pole
Sebastien Bourdais

Saturday Pole
Will Power

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 364
2. Wilson 281
3. Doornbos(R) 268
4. Power 262
5. Rahal(R) 243
6. Servia 237
7. Junqueira 233
8. Pagenaud(R) 232
9. Jani(R) 231
10. Tagliani 205
11. Tracy 171
12. Gommendy(R) 140
13. Clarke 129
14. Dalziel(R) 116
15. Legge 108
16. Heylen 104
17. Figge(R) 95
18. Dominguez 78
19. Philippe 28
20. Martinez(R) 18
21. Halliday(R) 18
22. Moreno 9
 
 
2008 Thoughts
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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