1998 Brazil Thoughts
TRACK: I'm really liking this track more and more. It provides some
unbelievable racing action.
RACE: A strange race in many respects. Who would have guessed that JJ
Lehto and Alex Barron would score their first points on this odd shaped
oval? Who would have guessed that Barron would be the highest placed Toyota?
And who could have ever guessed that only one Brazilian would finish their
CROWD: No more excuses. After three years, the excuses don't hold merit
anymore. The race is run too close to the Brazilian GP -- well, they could
run two Brazilian Grands Prix in a row and still draw over 100,000 for each.
The tickets are too costly for the average Brazilian -- well, they are still
cheaper than F1. The Brazilians don't understand oval racing -- well,
they've had three years to figure it out. It's run on Mother's Day --
hogwash. It is puzzling. Brazil has more people watching CART on TV
outside of the USA. They are passionate about their racing. They love
their native drivers. Yet, they flat out don't attend the race held in
their own country.
MOORE: Please don't go to F1, Greg. You will not get the excitement and
thrill you got in this one race in three seasons of Formula Snore.
THE DUEL: Ohhh, baby! What a pass!!!!
MEIER: Sorry, Alex, Meier was not at fault. What more could he have done?
Zanardi caught him at the worse possible spot. Moving off line at that
point could have caused Meier to slide in the marbles and into the wall.
It's just one of them racing deals.
PENSKE: Roger, can you say "Reynard?" I knew you could...
DE FERRAN: Gil has stuck his nose in where it didn't belong before. This
one was his fault. He didn't yet have position on Tracy. It was still
Paul's turn when de Ferran forced the issue.
JOURDAIN: Considering how promising he looked at the end of last season,
he has been a disappointment so far this year.
HEARN: Looked really good today. Let's hope this is the beginning of
better things for this team.
MATSUSHITA: Hiro's "reign" is over. Played moving chicane right to the
bitter end. Yet, he has been a true sportsman in all his years in an era
when many complain the breed no longer exists, and he has helped popularize
CART in his native land. Now, he will play a much more effective role --
as president of Swift Engineering and possibly one day as a car owner. Long
live the King.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Arnd Meier after his confrontation with Zanardi,
"I'm glad they took Alex away because I'm not a good boxer."
DREAM: While I was watching the Moore-Zanardi duel unfold, I started
thinking to myself, what could be the most exciting battle in CART? This
dream would consist of just four drivers in relatively equal cars in a ten
lap dash, million dollars winner take all, take no prisoners battle. My
pick for the four drivers -- Moore, Zanardi, Gordon, and Andretti. Just
don't get too close to the fence... Who would you pick?
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