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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 Ganassi.

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 for yourself?

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 direction.

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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2007 Thoughts
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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
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