2007 Road America Thoughts
TRACK: It's a wide open road course. What's not to like?
RACE: It had its moments, but as a race, it was a bit of a yawner.
EVENT: Unlike sharing an event with NASCAR truck at some venues, in which CCWS was treated like last weekís lunch, the ALMS series is a good fit for a doubleheader with Champ Car. An undoubted success.
THE BIG PICTURE: Itís Champ Carís chance to shine in front of its Midwestern road race loving, Tony George hating, US constituency. They should be thinking long term contract with ALMS and getting a better known named race sponsor.
START: The standing starts are much better than their predecessor, the f----d up rolling start.
BOURDAIS: Ho hum, looks like the F1 announcement didn't distract Sebastien. A first class performance at a classic race track.
RAHAL: A very strong race. Graham was visibly faster than everybody else with the exception of his teammate.
NEWMAN/HAAS/LANIGAN RACING: They're baaaack with another dominating performance.
CLARKE: This time, indeed Speedy.
DOORNBOS: He out-Clarked his teammate! Perhaps Robert should do a poor job of qualifying, because he seems to be more successful when he has to battle back up to the front.
MINARDI TEAM USA: Did they switch drivers between the cars without us noticing...?
FORSYTHE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING: Can this team be any more loss? By the way, Mr. Forsythe, whatever happened to that Michael Cannon guy?
SERVIA: But Oriol once again recovered nicely in the race and was very competitive. Other than Bourdais, perhaps the drive of the race.
TRACY: However, Paul looks like a backmarker in every sense of the word.
TAGLIANI: Another good finish for Tags.
WILSON: Another bad luck day for Justin.
RSPORTS: Maybe they can sell the RuSport shop to Justin?
HEYLEN: An unexpected sixth. Good momentum heading into his home race.
CONQUEST RACING: Welcome back Chris Mower. Maybe they can become Conquest Mower.
GOMMENDY: Never a factor all weekend, but an okay seventh place.
JUNQUEIRA: Threw away a fantastic qualifying spot by getting too eager at the start.
LEGGE: Well, a slow ill handling car is probably better than a horrific crash that scares everyone to death. But just slightly...
DALE COYNE RACING: Loved Katherine's new paint job.
JANI: Pretty quick at times, but ultimately a nondescript tenth.
PAGENAUD: Many are pointing fingers at Simon for the first lap crash. Perhaps. But, it was one of those situations where too many cars were fitting into too small a spot, and everyone thought they would be able to make it work. And no one did.
POWER: Every time Will gets close in points, he seems to have another DNF.
FIGGE: Well, he did stall at the start. But a better performance for Alex.
DALZIEL: Itís a bummer Ryan had a mechanical failure when he worked so hard to come back from surgery for his broken collar bone. And, he was very impressive in qualifying.
TROUBLE LAUNCHING: Team Australia. The gremlins who travel through the paddock decided to pay Derrick Walker and company a visit.
NEVER A FACTOR: Everyone whose name is not Sebastien Bourdais.
SHOULD REMAINED PARKED: Certain people in Champ Carís front office.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: F1.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: On a race track that has produced many odd winners including many first time Champ Car winners, perhaps it's fitting that Sebastien Bourdias, who oddly has never won at Road America, does so before he leaves for Formula One.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Some of those odd winners are Hector Rebaque (1982) and Jacques Villeneuve the Uncle (1985). The first time winners other than the two just mentioned are Jacques Villeneuve the son (1995), Dario Franchitti (1998), Christian Fittipaldi (1999), Bruno Junqueira (2001), and Alex Tagliani (2004).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Raphael Matos during the press conference when Bruno Junqueira banged on the glass next to the press room, "Ignore him; heís a Brazilian."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Not a quote, but a message on the back of Justin Wilson's car aimed at Dan Clarke, "KEEP BACK".
SCHEDULE: Summer in Europe should be cool.
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