1999 Cleveland Thoughts
RACE: If you taped this race (and kick yourself if you didn't), save the remainder of
the race when the green came out after the lengthy yellow for the heavy downpour. Save it
forever, so you can always refer back to it. Especially if...
TRACK: ...they really do away with the Cleveland Grand Prix. And if they do, they
should hang those responsible in CART and IMG by their toenails.
RAIN: The expression, "All hell is breaking loose," comes to mind.
MONTOYA: Another new sort of track. Another new set of conditions. Another pole.
Another win. When will people finally admit that Juan is the second coming of Senna?
de FERRAN: Don't look now, but Gil is on a roll. So is Goodyear and Walker Racing.
And when de Ferran gets on a roll, everyone should be afraid. Very afraid.
ANDRETTI: The Andretti of old (aggressive driving) and the Andretti of new (making sure
he gets a good finish). This could be a dandy of a championship fight between himself, Montoya,
and de Ferran -- three drivers with very different approaches. Then throw Franchitti into the
TRACY: Another strong clean race. He's had these streaks before, only to revert back
to the Paul we all so dearly love to hate. How long will this one last?
UNSER: Maybe they finally got the handle on the Lola. Maybe. But it sure looked like
the Little Al we know.
TEAM HOGAN: Not again!
CASTRO-NEVES: It's been said before, but it bears repeating. Helio has a great
attitude. He deserves good things.
JONES: You would have figured that a driver who has a sprint car and dirt track
background would have excelled in the slick conditions.
GORDON: Here's another driver who should have done better in these sort of conditions.
Or maybe he thought he was better off the road...
PLAYERS: Now this is how teammates can fight tooth and nail and still keep it very
clean. Barry Green should give the tape of this battle to his two drivers and make them watch
it everyday between races.
PACWEST: Expect to see driver changes for next year.
ESPN: Kudos for seemingly being able to follow all the wild action throughout the
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Gil de Ferran was asked after qualifying what sort of advice he
would give Montoya about handling the first turn. Gil smiled and said, "None."
SCHEDULE: Road America -- this is one of the reasons they invented road racing.
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