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1999 Detroit Thoughts

TRACK: There were actually some passes this year, but Detroit should still be nuked.

RACE: Well, it certainly didn't lack for weirdness.

FRANCHITTI: Just like last year, Dario is poised for the final stretch run as the hottest driver on the circuit. Except this time, he is in the points lead. Even scarier, three of the last seven races are street affairs -- and he's finished no worse than third in seven of his last nine street races.

TRACY: He may be having the season of this life, but unfortunately for Paul, his teammate is having an even better year.

TEAM GREEN: Making less mistakes than Team Ganassi. Who would have thought that was possible? The pressure of the stretch run will be very interesting for these two teams.

ANDRETTI: Sure, it was another strong race, but reasonably speaking Mikey needs a couple more victories to win the title. He needs to crank it up a bit, which could also make things very exciting.

BLUNDELL: A strong comeback, and a showing Mark desperately needed after Moreno did so well in his car.

PAPIS: First he falls a few yards short of the finish [at full speed] in the last race. Now he only makes it a few yards into the race. Max is probably ready to never set foot in the State of Michigan again.

MONTOYA: When he started to make his comeback, you just knew the brain fade was coming. Say what you want about the Castro-Neves incident, but Juan and the team put him in that spot with the pit stop miscommunication and the ridiculous attempt to pass Moreno. It now sets up one whale of a championship fight to the finish.

CASTRO-NEVES: Never give up.

PAYTON-COYNE: Jourdain and Gidley, both within one lap for the same reason. Now there's team work for you...

DE FERRAN: D'uh!

MAGNUSSEN: Maybe it's not PJ Jones after all. Then again, Jan didn't exactly wow the populace in his first CART stint.

DA MATTA: Odd track configuration to allow such a sharp angle impact when a car goes wide in that turn.

HATTORI: Now that he finally got a chance to run a race, he's just as slow as his namesake.

PENSKE: Rumors of Roger giving up on his open wheel racing team were greatly exaggerated.

QUOTES: Lots of good quotes came out of this weekend, but that shouldn't be a surprise considering it's Detroit.
1) Dario Franchitti on when he knew he had the race in the bag, "I knew something was up when I looked at the jumbo screen, and I saw Juan walking away from the car."
2) Roberto Moreno on Montoya's failed pass attempt, "I don't know what he was thinking."
3) Max Papis on getting knocked out on the first lap, "It is a very, very stupid way to start a race. I don't have a lot of respect for people who make dumb mistakes."
4) Robby Gordon on yet another dismal performance from his Swift, "I think we're going to have to cut it up."

SCHEDULE: Thank goodness Mid-Ohio comes up so soon after Detroit. Motown's aftertaste won't linger so long. Here is Herta's possible last chance to save his job at Team Rahal.

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