2007 Mont Tremblant Thoughts
EVENT: A success by every measure.
TRACK: A European style track in the most European part of North America. Yet another example of why we love road racing. And, may we say, it was a real improvement on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? You know, the track where we got the bum's rush last year?
MONTREAL: Speaking of which, just because we got a better facility and a more exciting race doesn't mean we've forgotten how corrupt the city of Montreal seems to us, even in retrospect. But, if CCWS is decently treated from hereon out, we'll get over the budding Boss Tweeds. Maybe.
THE BIG PICTURE: Exactly what the doctor ordered -- a successful first time event at a traditional road course with a higher than expected turnout. This bodes well for keeping some of the traditional tracks in Champ Car.
RACE: Nothing like rain to make a so-so race into a thriller.
START: The third time was not the charm, but heads up driving around the three sitting ducks avoided a disaster.
DOORNBOS: What a drive. One of the best first victory performances in Champ Car history.
MINARDI: Paul Stoddart, isn't Champ Car a heck of a lot more fun than F1?
WIGGINS: The best birthday present.
CANNON: Hey, Mr. Forsythe, was there any particularly good reason you let Michael Cannon go?
BOURDAIS: Oh. My. God. Whether Sebastien did actually have a valid reason to be upset, this man is completely clueless about the concept of proper time and place. He may have performed one of the most historic feats in Francophile history -- getting a French Canadian crowd to vociferously boo a Frenchman.
POWER: It wasn't too long ago that everyone was saying Will would be the man to topple Bourdais. At least he was on the podium and kept within range.
PAGENAUD: He looked much stronger than his fourth place finish. As with his teammate, this is déjà vu all over again with last week. What we like about Simon (as opposed to another Frenchman) is he did not whine, bitch, complain, or blame anyone else.
TEAM AUSTRALIA: Team Stall.
WILSON: Surprising to see Justin do better against the competition with slick tires in the rain than with rain tires in the wet.
JANI: Neel is becoming more impressive with each race.
RAHAL: Instant karma got him, as Bourdais held up the rest of the field to give his teammate an eight second lead, only to have young Graham lose it in the pits.
TAGLIANI: Alex continues to drive inconsistently. We suspect both Tags and "teammate" Wilson would benefit from some stronger engineering.
SERVIA: Not much of a factor all day.
DALZIEL: Staying out of trouble and running at the end gave Ryan another top ten finish.
LEGGE: Got most improved and managed to finish. We bet she is emailing Pam Griffith for next year.
GOMMENDY: Talk about a crushing blow, and a lost opportunity to make an idiot out of Deep Throttle.
PKV: Just when this team appears to break out of their constant niggling errors, they have the greatest niggling error in their history.
FIGGE: There should be a "spin out" rule -- spin x number of times, you are out of the race.
CLARKE: This time, Dan didn't have anything to do with his DNF.
TRACY: As lucky as PT was last week in Cleveland, he was unlucky this week in his home country. Maybe the Quebecois finally got the pins in the right spot on the voodoo doll.
HEYLEN: Another crash and this time it was Jan's fault.
JUNQUEIRA: Equipment problems, again. Another DNF, again.
QUESTIONABLE CALLS: Hello, Race Control? Anybody in there? The lights are still on and Bourdais is moving! Hello? Anyone? Anyone?
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Waaaaah!
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 5 -- The number of podium finishes Robert Doornbos has in the first six races this year, only missing out at Long Beach.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Mario Andretti won every previous Champ Car race at Mont Tremblant, two heats each in 1967 and 1968.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Michael Cannon to his driver, Robert Doornbos, on the last lap, "I need you to pit this lap for champagne."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Will Power on his erratic race, "The good thing about Champ Car is you just never give up. It's great like that. I mean, you can almost go a lap down and then come back and finish on the podium. It's just really, really good racing."
SCHEDULE: Bourdais vs. Doornbos. Let the battle continue on Lake Shore Boulevard.
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