1999 Chicago Thoughts
TRACK: Parker Johnstone's "paper clip" description is an apt one. Next year it
should produce an even better race with more rubber laid down and an improved aerodynamic
RACE: Despite a slightly anticlimactic finish, it was still one of the best races of
MONTOYA: His car control continues to be amazing. No, shocking.
FRANCHITTI: He may have lost this battle, but the war is far from over. This is going
to be one whale of a battle down to the wire.
VASSER: Again, a great race. But again, did anybody notice?
PAPIS: May not have been what he wanted especially starting from his first ever CART
pole, but still an impressive run.
CASTRO-NEVES A quiet run, but a strong run.
CARPENTIER: Not bad for a guy with a cracked vertebrae.
da MATTA: The best Toyota chance went out with the air in Cristiano's tire.
ANDRETTI: His drive up through the field is what makes racing so much fun to watch.
However, a little patience from Mikey could have gone a long way.
TRACY: You knew it couldn't last... Almost identical to St. Louis, Paul tries
to run a guy into the grass on the straight, goes into the corner almost even, has the angle to
outbrake the other car, but never takes into account that the other driver cannot back off in
time. Once again, Paul's adrenaline filled brain doesn't know the meaning of racing room.
MORENO: Franchitti may have denied it as well as everyone else involved, but you just
have to wonder whether Roberto passing Dario while two laps down was a Newman-Haas payback to
JONES: The most annoying blocker in CART. Only slightly ahead of Pruett.
BLUNDELL: Backwards from the front row. Not the way you want to go.
MAGNUSSEN: Welcome to oval racing, Jan.
S. HATTORI: As slow as slow can be.
TARGET: Once again, makers of the best racing commercials on television.
RESTARTS: It's great they are getting tougher with the restarts, but it always seems
they only wave them off when Montoya is leading. Hmmm.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Take your pick depending on who you are a fan of: From Michael
Andretti saying, "Paul Tracy did his normal driving out there. He doesn't think, obviously." -or-
Paul Tracy saying, "It looked to me that we were going for the same piece of real estate."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mark Blundell on his qualifying run, "I had a little
wiggle coming off Turn Four, which could have developed into a wobble."
SCHEDULE: A much needed week off for the teams, then off to Vancouver which is second
on the nuke list behind Detroit.
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