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.
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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