1997 Toronto Thoughts
RACE: For an event that had the makings of a boring affair -- street
circuit, Blundell's flag to flag victory, and potential for lots of full
course yellows -- this one turned out to be quite exciting. You were always
kept on edge whether Blundell would be able to hold onto his lead, Zanardi
nearly pulled another great drive through the field, his challenge of Blundell,
and the great battle between Andretti and Ribeiro which nearly lasted the
FIELD: How in the world 26 cars missed the spun vehicles of Franchitti and
Fittipaldi in the first turn of the first lap without hitting anything, never
mind causing a massive pileup, is nothing short of a miracle.
FRANCHITTI: A brilliant effort in qualiying thown away within one turn
of the start and totally trashed 39 laps later. Dario learned a valuable
lesson from a wiley old veteran -- yeah, technically it was his turn, but
at the start you've got to leave room for the inevitable.
BLUNDELL: They always say that the second victory is a lot easier than
the first. Blundell is driving with the confidence of a champion.
ZANARDI: Just three points back of Tracy. This was closer than he was
last year. If Alex finishes up like he did in '96, the championship is his.
MOORE: Sorry Greg, that incident was your fault. Zanardi was as far in
as he could be. You could easily have given him room. It looked like you
misjudged how much faster you were going, and thought you already cleared
Zanardi's car. Your exuberance cost you this time.
RIBEIRO: If anyone doesn't believe that a good driver can get lost in
bad equipment, just bring up Andre Ribeiro's 1997 season to rebut that.
DE FERRAN: Gets the quote of the weekend award. When asked during
qualiying if he was upset that his team sold the Reynard that Ribeiro was
driving, and now was going faster than him, he responded, "No. He's just
another competitor that I have to worry about." Now that's a great attitude.
TRACY: Another poor showing on a non-oval. Tracy needs to do real well
at Michigan. There aren't many ovals left, and his championship lead is
MATSUSHITA: King Hiro strikes again.
VITOLO: Well, Nearburg didn't last long. So much for his 4 race contract.
Although Vitolo went faster, he also dropped out from that mysterious
FOOTAGE: I thought the in-car camera footage was some of the best I have
ever seen. Good job ABC for keeping us in the cars for such long stretches
SCHEDULE: Next up, the second running of the U.S. 500 and the Vanderbilt
Cup. With this being the first 500 mile endurance race and in typical
Michigan fashion, it could prove to be very unpredictable. The Ford engine
has shown to be fastest in trap speeds lately and the Swift has shown very
well on ovals. For those two reasons, and the fact that this is not Indy,
I'm picking Andretti.
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