1998 Houston Thoughts
TRACK: Houston did something that no other street circuit has been willing
to do. Repave the track without a crown. Brilliant. Oops, what's that
falling from the sky?
PIT LANE: By far the most diabolical pit exit design in the history of
RACE: I'm not convinced that this track was a bad one as street circuits
go. We never could tell, though it showed signs of becoming a good race
when it briefly started to dry out. This could have been a good race, and
we won't know until perhaps next year. I'm not ready to place Houston in
the "Nuke 'em" category where Vancouver and Detroit belong.
FRANCHITTI: Looking like he's setting himself up for a banner year next
FITTIPALDI: Sure I've been on Christain's case about being the most
overrated driver on the circuit, but lately I've got to feel sorry for him.
He's had some pretty good qualifying efforts and partial races recently only
to be the victim of other people's mistakes.
ZANARDI: So close to yet another victory. He certainly isn't just putting
in his time before he leaves for F1.
TRACY: What a bonehead. What an absolute bonehead.
GREEN: The altercation was probably more Barry's fault than Paul's. And
despite what Barry says about Paul, there comes a time when you have to
decide if keeping a certain driver is worth the possible detrimental affect
to the team and it's morale.
DE FERRAN: I thought they said this guy was good in the rain...
MOORE: I think Greg needs to do what the Villenueve's used to do in the
offseason -- race snowmobiles.
PAPIS: Now there was one happy driver. I loved his retort to the
interviewer's question who was trying to prod him into talking about next
year. "Let me enjoy this moment."
VITOLO: Dennis must be thinking, you know, with such a slick track, there
are going to be so many drivers spinning out. Well, I can't let them beat
me to the punch. I'll do it on the pace lap!
TOYOTA: When all is said and done after this weekend, it is difficult to
gauge them. They were competitive, but only with the newly designed low
revving engine in the Arciero-Wells cars. That may also work for Australia,
but whatever they use for Fontana I suspect will get blown away.
POP-UP VIDEO: Not that I want to bring attention to this silly idea, but
one of them had me scratching my head. "186-191 manhole covers on course."
Now wait a second. Can't they count exactly how many manhole covers there
are?! I mean, it's not like they move around. Or does it depend which
alternate universe you are in?
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Barry Green to Paul Tracy over the radio just after
the incident: "You got what you deserved."
HATTORI: This has been rumored for awhile. I just hope we don't have
another Hiro on our hands. Honda is very high on this guy. (And don't be
mistaken, this is a Honda induced move, not Derek Walker's doing. Rumor
has it there will be close to $15 million of new sponsorship coming in for
Walker taking on Hattori. Who wouldn't go along with it?) But his record
in Indy Lights is not exactly awe inspiring: currently ninth in points, he
has only five top-5 finishes in 13 races, and his oval performance has been
SCHEDULE: The Aussies know how to build a street circuit, whether for CART
or F1. As long as you can overlook the silly chicanes at Surfer's Paradise,
which the drivers always seem to ignore anyway, this should be a good race.
Surprise winners have come out of Australia before.
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