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
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