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1998 Mid-Ohio Thoughts

TRACK: When you think about it, Mid-Ohio is like a street circuit in some respects. Only one real long straightaway with the only bonafide opportunity to pass and many turns followed by many turns. However, it offers something a street circuit doesn't. Numerous elevation changes with blind crests making this one of the top driver's tracks in the world.

RACE: Well, it was a wild race. I don't know if it was a good race, but it certainly was a wild race. What happened to all the fine driving from Michigan?

FERNANDEZ: Adrian was hooked up in the one place he really needed to be -- coming out of the keyhole. Pruett would close in entering that turn under braking while Fernandez would pull away coming out. And that was all he needed to hold off his teammate.

PRUETT: Is the Patrick Racing Team on the verge of being the number one challengers to Team Ganassi?

RAHAL: What a way to bid farewell to his home track fans. And it was a classic Rahal drive. He didn't ask everybody in front of him to crash out, but he certainly took advantage of it. And for somebody who has given so much to this sport, and will continue to do so in the future, he more than deserved a story book podium finish at home.

FRANCHITTI: Dario, let me offer you some advice. Next time you win the pole and someone from Team Rahal is gridded third, start the race from the pits. Trust me.

HERTA: It seems he is really starting to feel the pressure to come up with his first win. And he is becoming desperate in the process.

MOORE: What an obscene move! He had plenty of room to get out of his pits. Not to mention that Ribeiro was legally placed in his box. There was no reason whatsoever to spin his tires to get out. But he did, and he's darn lucky he didn't slide all the way and kill the pit crew worker. Obscene.

ZANARDI: He is human after all. More like a madman in this race. And where does this guy find his luck? He goes off course and bounces way up no less than three times and keeps on going. Everybody else puts a wheel off, and they break their suspension. He clips the wing of Lehto, doesn't get a flat tire, and in a bizarre chain of events, causes Andretti to go for one of the wildest rides in Champ car history. Then, he rams Castro-Neves hard enough to cause Helio to whack the wall, and Alex just merrily goes on his way to finish the race. I take back what I said. He's not human.

ANDRETTI: Get in. Buckle up. Grab tight!

TRACY: A very quiet ride, but it worked.

GURNEY: Is it time, once and for all, for Dan Gurney to bite the bullet and end his longstanding relationship with Toyota and dump their engine next year? He has to provide the Eagle with a proper opportunity to fly.

ARUTE: I'm the first to jump all over Jack Arute whenever the opportunity arises, but I have to say, he did a decent job filling in as the play-by play announcer when they temporarily lost power in the booth.

GORDON: As in Jeff, not Robby. Yes, the NASCAR guy. What an amazing comeback he had at Watkins Glen after pitting out of sequence. He pulled Zanardi like moves weaving through the field. Never appeared to lock the brakes up while everybody else was doing so under pressure. Sure, he had the best car. But who do you think provides the feedback to his crew to set the car up so well? I'm convinced this guy would do just fine in CART. And boy would I love to see it. Hey Jeff, if you move to CART, I promise to buy one of your t-shirts to help keep your souvenir revenue up...

SCHEDULE: From Mid-Ohio to Road America. Two of the finest road circuits in America, back to back.

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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
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Fontana Mexico City Postseason

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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
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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
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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

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Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
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