1998 Gateway Thoughts
TRACK: Some said that the new wing regulations would produce good side to
side racing. Others said it wouldn't. Well, there was both, but who knows
what caused it. The biggest problem were the newly created bumps. They've
got to fix that especially after the Busch guys make it even worse.
RACE: I almost had my dream showdown I mentioned last time, as three of my
four choices were in the top three. Alas, they never got close to each other,
and the ending became anti-climactic.
ZANARDI: The three previous times that CART opened up with five different
winners, the first driver to repeat won the championship. Add in the fact
that Alex has finally solved his short oval weakness, the season will soon
be heading into the road/street circuits, his strong point, and Zanardi has
never led the points this early, we may be seeing a three-peat by Team
VASSER: I think it's great that Jimmy gets along so well with his teammate,
it certainly allows for a unified team, and others can learn from their
example. However, once in a while Jimmy, could you keep a hot setup just
ANDRETTI: His car sure looked hooked up all day. I'm still trying to figure
out how he lost the race, the great Zanardi pit stop not withstanding.
LEHTO: A brilliant run for JJ who seems to be picking up ovals quicker
than Blundell did. When the road courses start up, we should be seeing some
great things from Lehto.
TOYOTA: I think these guys are finally starting to head in the right
TEAM GREEN: Whoops!
PAPIS: Hey, Mad Max, tell us what you really think of Arnd Meier. And
what's with the Italians jumping all over the German? Weren't these guys
like allies during WWII?
BARRON: Just how lucky can a guy get to spin where the wall isn't?
FERNANDEZ: What in the world was he doing staying in the racing line when
he was 40 mph slower and just waiting for the engine to blow and spill fluids
all over? Stay low or get the hell off the track.
NIGHTMARE: Now for my nightmare showdown: Arnd Meier and Dennis Vitolo --
oh what the heck, we'll throw in Dr. Jack Miller for laughs -- in equal
cars for a ten lap showdown on an oval. This time the incentive will be
different. The last place driver can no longer race again. And if they all
crash out, then they all share in the "prize."
SCHEDULE: The short oval portion of the schedule concludes this week, but
with the best short oval of the season -- Milwaukee. It should be a dandy.
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