1998 Cleveland Thoughts
TRACK: No question Cleveland is the most butt-ugly race track on the
circuit, perhaps the world. But what it lacks in beauty, it makes up
for in some wild racing action. The FAA just approved racing at this
facility for the next five years.
RACE: Yeah, Zanardi ran away with it. Probably should have "NASCAR'd"
Alex and given him a black flag for laughs. But there was a lot of other
good action which saw a bunch of passing, re-passing, re-re-passing,
ZANARDI: I believe all the rumors swirling around. Zarnardi will not be
in CART next year. Better enjoy him while you can.
VASSER: Had it not been for the mechanical blunder by the team, I think
it would have been a dogfight between the teammates. As it is, Jimmy did
quite well for such a race long handicap.
TRACY: That's it. I'm done. I am no longer a believer in Paul Tracy. I
hereby declare that Paul Tracy will never live up to the promise he had
entering CART. Tracy will go down in history as one of the biggest
disappointments in racing. What a waste of superb natural talent.
GREEN: Publicly, Barry Green will defend his drivers to the death. That
is an admirable trait. However, Barry, look at the videotape! Then deal
with your driver in private. And slap him upside the head while you're at
PENSKE: There is no question that the Penske chassis is now relatively
competitive. But only if they get a new gearbox.
NEWMAN-HAAS: Did the Team Rahal fuel strategist switch to Newman-Haas?
MOORE: You would think that by the time you reach Champ cars, you would
know to keep the brakes locked for the entire spin. His releasing the
brakes causing the slight forward motion at the end of his spin was directly
attributable to Joudain being out of the race.
PRUETT: Scott made his second straight solid, quiet performance. Luck
seems to be turning his way.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Al Unser, Jr: "You never know what Paul sees. You
can be right in front of him, and he doesn't see you. Paul is famous for
this kind of stuff."
SCHEDULE: After three weeks off, we now have three races in a row. All
on different circuits: wide open airport, tight street course, and
superspeedway. Next up, the least exciting of the three -- Toronto. At
least the city is neat.
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