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2007 Portland Thoughts

EVENT: Any event that features two Atlantic races and one CCWS race has our vote.

THE BIG PICTURE: The contract with PIR is over as of this year, but the drivers and we all hope it is renewed. Street races are fine, but there is nothing like a good road course.

RACE: A really terrific road race, no yellows – the first caution free race since Road America in 2000 – and Champ Car’s first standing start.

TRACK: So nice to be back on a road course.

START: Perfect. It made our heart pound and took our breath away. We didn't want it to end.

BOURDAIS: The difference between great and phenomenal – even without good qualifying, luck, and with a poor start, then starting out 16 seconds behind – still wins the race by over 13 seconds.

NEWMAN HAAS LANIGAN: It must be said – congratulations to Carl Haas and Paul Newman on their 100th Champ Car win – and for putting together a quality organization. And to Mike Lanigan for being smart enough to buy into their company and to hopefully not screw anything up once Carl and Paul have moved on.

WILSON: How could someone so fast not win the race?

RSPORTS We wish Jeremy Dale was still on with the team. Come to think of it, we wish Carl Russo had not sold the team. We feel Dan Petit's motivation is different than Carl Russo's, who was looking to kick Newman Haas' ass.

DOORNBOS: We like this Dutchman, who we all thought would be a mid-packer driving for Minardi Team USA. What keeps us from loving him? We're not sure he is committed to a career in Champ Car.

POWER: What a start! Will has flashes of brilliance, but we sense that Team Australia is still not a strong enough organization to take on NHL. Today was a great illustration of this concept.

TAGLIANI: He is determined to run up at the front but once there, seems not to be sure what to do about it.

CLARKE: Bush league move! Just flatout bush league!

GOMMENDY: Tristan continues to drive far better than we expected and to outperform his better regarded teammate. Too bad he’s French...

PAGENAUD: Seems to have lost a step after his great debut in the first three races.

RAHAL: Graham finished the race, made some rookie mistakes, but didn't do anything really stupid.

TRACY: Paul continues to go off course more times than a veteran of his experience should.

SERVIA: Surprisingly, off pace.

FORSYTHE: Shockingly, off their game all weekend.

JANI: We don't know why Neel doesn't do better ... oh, wait, he's on PKV ... that's why.

JUNQUEIRA: Not your weekend.

DALZIEL: Ryan, make KK get you a decent drive. Soon.

HEYLEN: Welcome back, Jan. You did better than Halliday.

CONQUEST: Glad they are still on the tour.

FIGGE: We love you and your family. Now, go faster.

PCM: Trouble launching.

LEGGE: Well, you did pass Junqueira before you ran out of fuel. That's about all we can say.

DALE COYNE: Lost a lot of ground during the break.

F1: These guys are supposed to be the best drivers, best organizers, and best run races? Could have fooled us after Montreal.

SATO-MANIA: Have you caught it, yet?!

WORDS OF THE WEEKEND: Standing Start.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- You thought we would pick 100, but everyone is taking that number, so we decided to go to the opposite end of the spectrum as in the number of yellow flags the past two years at Portland (not counting the aborted start last year).

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Everybody may be all excited about the standing start, but that's the way it used to be in the original road races. For example, in the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup, cars were started from a stop one at a time a minute apart. It was more like a rally, racing against the clock, then a race for track position.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Justin Wilson on the start, "At first when I saw the lights go off, I thought, I'm meant to do something now."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: A tie as drivers were piling on Dan Clarke. Graham Rahal on his new nickname for Clarke, "Once we caught up to 'Stupid Dan,' which is what I'm going to call him from now on, he just drove me off the road and that was that." Simon Pagenaud on the start, "Our launch was pretty good and then bloody Dan Clarke made a banzai move – as usual."

SCHEDULE: Cleveland is next which means another standing start. Woohoo!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Bourdais 103
2. Wilson 103
3. Doornbos(R) 103
4. Power 103
5. Tagliani 103
6. Clarke 103
7. Gommendy(R) 102
8. Pagenaud(R) 102
9. Rahal(R) 102
10. Tracy 102
11. Servia 102
12. Jani(R) 102
13. Junqueira 102
14. Dalziel(R) 101
15. Heylen 100
16. Figge(R) 100
17. Legge 99

Time of Race
1:45:42.774

Winner's Speed
114.816 mph

Margin of Victory
13.537 sec.

Caution Flags
None

Lead Changes
7 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Robert Doornbos

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastien Bourdais

Most Positions Improved
Will Power

Friday Pole
Justin Wilson

Saturday Pole
Robert Doornbos

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Bourdais 105
2. Power 94
3. Doornbos(R) 87
4. Tagliani 78
5. Wilson 69
6. Servia 61
  Junqueira 61
8. Rahal(R) 59
9. Gommendy(R) 56
10. Pagenaud(R) 53
11. Dalziel(R) 45
12. Jani(R) 43
13. Legge 39
14. Clarke 38
15. Tracy 37
16. Dominguez 36
17. Figge(R) 26
18. Halliday(R) 18
19. Moreno 9
20. Heylen 6
 
 
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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