Balaclava Image Deep Throttle Logo
Auto Racing History Image
HOME THOUGHTS ESSAYS RANKINGS HISTORY
About Us
Russell's Ramblings
Photos
F1 Schedule
Master Schedule
Debunking Myths
News Links
Shopping
Ed Donath Archive
Guestbook
In Association with Amazon.com

1997 Mid-Ohio Thoughts

RACE: Well, I can't really say much about the race. You see, I was up till 3 AM the previous night due to Matt's bachelor party and still got out of bed in time to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix. I sorta ran out of consciousness by Mid-Ohio.

ZANARDI: Can you say PPG Cup? An interesting trivia item with this victory. He now is the fourth consecutive driver to win back to back at Mid-Ohio. Andretti won in '90 and '91, Emmo in '92 and '93, Unser in '94 and '95, and now Zanardi. Also, Rahal won in '85 and '86. This back to back thing is a habit at Mid-Ohio.

HERTA: When his tires were losing grip, did you notice that Zanardi still couldn't gain on him down the long straight for the best opportunity to pass? The reason was his line through the keyhole which was distinctly different than the rest of the field. This is what I call the "Rahal Line", and it's one that Bobby obviously taught his younger teammate. Herta would rocket out of that turn and open up a good enough margin to hold off Zanardi.

RAHAL: Those who say that Rahal is slowing down are not only wrong, but don't have the facts to back them up. He has been in contention to win three times this year, started third twice, and came from a 16th starting position to end up on the podium at Mid-Ohio. He may be talking retirement, but he's still going fast.

TRACY: Someone on the CART discussion list predicted on Friday that Tracy would shunt with Johnstone within the first 10 laps. I have this person's email address if anybody wants to know the Lottery numbers for this week.

JOURDAIN: Do we need to reconsider our opinion on Jourdain? Last year he came in apparently a rich young kid buying his ride. He did some unimpressive IRL drives and was totally lost in CART. This season nobody considered the fact that he was running the Lola. After all, it was Jourdain we were talking about. Now that he has gotten the Reynard, he is starting to turn some heads, and opinions. This time he qualified 14th, got the 11th quickest lap in the warmups, the 10th quickest lap in the race, and was running a very strong and impressive 7th until a spin and stall caused him to lose three laps. Perhaps Jourdain really is talented, and just came into the big leagues a bit too soon and a bit too young.

UNSER, JR.: A perfect example of why you should not tailgate on the road.

NEARBURG: He's baaaack. At least this time he actually outqualified Hiro.

GORDON: As in Robbie. As in, yes this has something to do with CART. As in Barry Green has made an offer to Gordon to return to CART. Robbie has not responded yet. Whether Team Green runs two cars or buys out Johnstone's contract is up to KOOL. If they run two cars, I can't think of a wierder odd couple since Herta drove for Foyt. Speaking of the silly season, expect Budweiser to jump from Newman-Haas and sponsor the Della Penna team with Richie Hearn. Seems that Budweiser, who will sponsor the Japan race and maybe Houston, wants to cut back elsewhere, and leaving Haas for someone else will cut that expense in half. Hogan Racing, located in St. Louis, also has put in their proposal. Don't worry for Haas. Carl says that he has, "somebody else already lined up."

SCHEDULE: I'm feeling depressed. Must be because there are only 4 races left in this glorious CART season. Next up, the reason they build road courses -- Road America.

HILL: [Time for F1.] Unbelievable. Simply amazing. As most of you know, I say something nice about Damon Hill about as often as Hiro gets a top ten finish. This has got to be one of the best performances I have ever seen. Hill took an average chassis (and that's being kind) and totally, completely dominated the race. For all intent and purposes he won the Hungary GP. He didn't just silence a lot of his critics, myself included, he absolutely blew them away.

Deep Throttle

Copyright 1997 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.

 
 
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
Site Index | Search | Contacts | Ad Rates |


Copyright © 1999-2017 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.
The names, logos, and taglines identifying Deep Throttle are proprietary marks of Deep Throttle. All other trademarks and service marks are property of their respective owners. Deep Throttle is an independent electronic publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by any series, team, driver, or sponsor. Privacy Policy.