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1998 Long Beach Thoughts

RACE: Talk about a street brawl! Good thing it settled down a bit, so we got to see a lot of green flag racing at the end. Overall, I loved this race. Excitement from beginning to end.

ZANARDI: What ... where the hell ... wasn't he a lap ... when did he ... Alex does it again. I remember saying to myself when I saw other drivers seemingly allowing him to pass when he was a lap down that they were going to regret that at the end of the race. Sure enough, Zanardi pulls another miracle comeback capped with his usual aggressive driving for the final pass. And with damaged suspension. Unbelievable!

HERTA: Rumors that Bryan Herta has purchased an Alex Zanardi voodoo doll complete with pins to go along with his Alex Zanardi dart board is unfounded. I think.

ANDRETTI: That was one of the most bizarre sandwiches I ever witnessed. Also, how in the world could the Newman-Haas team even convince themselves, never mind everybody else, that was a worthwhile gamble?

NEVES: Wow, what a drive! He was really driving his car. And he proved that by his fine run with the leaders. Okay, so he messed up near the end, but he's a rookie. We'll overlook that this time.

KANAAN: He and his former Indy Lights teammate, Neves, are definitely going to be battling down to the wire for the Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

TRACY: Whether the actual contact was his or Fittipaldi's fault doesn't matter. The overall incident was Tracy's fault for messing up the turn in the first place allowing Fittipaldi to pull alongside.

FRANCHITTI: Certainly starting to look capable of outshining his teammate.

UNSER, JR.: Another incident with Pruett. I've never seen Little Al so psyched before a race and so mad less than a lap later.

GRIDLOCK: I think I noticed a couple of New York City taxicabs in that hairpin traffic jam...

SALLES: If his performance here and at Motegi doesn't prove that Dennis Vitolo does not belong in a Champ Car, I don't know what does.

PACWEST: I bet they can't wait to get back to their 1998 Reynards.

TOYOTA: No, not their race engines, but their marketing department. Thank you for providing the uninterrupted coverage at the end of the race. You picked the right race -- an ending as exciting as any clock beating stick and ball moment.

VISTEON: The more I see Pruett's Visteon sponsored car on television, the more I'm convinced it is the ugliest car out there.

SCHEDULE: What?! I have to wait three weeks for the next race?!?! I'm already starting to twitch.

NAZARETH: At least the wait will be worth it.

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2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
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2002 Thoughts
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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
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