1998 Miami Thoughts
RACE: A good entertaining race where most of the action was probably in
the middle of the pack away from the camera's eyes. Some nice passes and
excitement right to the end with Moore running like a bat out of hell with
tires that were on his car for over 100 laps.
TRACK: Although I loved the old rounded rectangle configuration because of
its similarities with Indy and the connection between Miami and Indianapolis,
the new track was definitely faster, safer, and racier.
ANDRETTI: I just got one thing to say about his new wife -- I'm rooting for
Michael to end up in Victory Circle every race!
MOORE: CART must have felt left out with NASCAR grabbing all the headlines
in changing rules on the fly to even out the field, so they figured they
would force Moore to use manual jacks instead of the air ones. Seriously, a
bad break for the fastest car on the track. Last year, Moore was the
youngest winner, now he is the youngest pole sitter. Next, the youngest
SWIFT: Okay, now that we know Swift owns Homestead no matter what
configuration they use, let's see them finally win elsewhere.
GOODYEAR: First and fourth place, and would have gotten more out of de
Ferran if his gamble paid off. I'd say they're back.
TRACY: The more things change...
NEVES: Baptism by fire, but that was one heck of a save during the race
to avoid an even bigger wallop.
PENSKE: One race doesn't answer everything, but it sure looks like the
PC27 has potential. Now, if they can only cure the gearbox reliability
problem that has plagued them since testing the car...
PITS: Not a good day in the pits. In addition to Moore having his air
jack problems, a crew member on JJ Lehto's team blew out his knee, and it
appeared that a Zanardi crew member nearly got run over when he was trying
to get Alex to stop to avoid a collision with Mark Blundell. I don't know
why ABC did not show that again.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Michael Andretti's crew chief telling Michael just
before the last restart, "Drive fast."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNER-UP: Bob Varsha after viewing the Victory
Circle doings, "In the background, Michael's new wife Leslie. They got
married Christmas Eve. As he mentioned there's been a lot going on in
NEXT RACE: The Twin Ring Motegi course has a very similar configuration
to Gateway where the radius of Turns 1 and 2 is different than the radius
of Turns 3 and 4. The Japanese love their open wheel racing as witness to
the lottery system to get Formula 1 tickets, the 17,000 fans who showed up
just to watch a CART test day (probably more than showed up for an actual
race that NASCAR put on), and browsing the magazine racks. No reason to
believe the fans will be disappointed.
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