1999 Houston Thoughts
TRACK: After last year's rain debacle, we were finally able to judge this street circuit.
And it gets passing grades. There were plenty of passing spots as witnessed by the fighting and
dicing taking place throughout the field. That is, except ...
RACE: ... for the lead which was more reminiscent of F1.
MARBLES: Never saw so many tire turds since Detroit, back a few years.
TRACY: This is the Paul Tracy that everyone raves about, but only comes out when there
is a blue moon. Totally dominating.
FRANCHITTI: Once Montoya dropped out and they fixed the tire problem, he had the eye
of the tiger. Though, he did try his best to throw it away again.
TEAM GREEN: If they keep this up, people may soon be asking Team Ganassi who?
FITTIPALDI: Christian always seems to have his best performances when he comes back from
HERTA: This race could have been his. Well, maybe not the way Tracy ran, but Bryan was
primed for two solid performances in a row. Still had a great ride that will add to his resume.
MONTOYA: Only driver not to have a single off course excursion throughout the weekend
before the race. And then, doink!
ANDRETTI: Keeping the fight for third place very interesting -- thirteen points
separates the title contenders, and fourteen points separates Andretti from Tracy.
MAGNUSSEN: He's starting to show his stuff a bit too late.
N. HATTORI: Well, he was impressive in qualifying...
DA MATTA: Imagine if he were the rookie with the Team Ganassi seat.
GIDLEY: Perhaps Memo is the one who deserves the Herdez sponsorship.
GORDON: Electrical problems? And he actually kept a straight face the whole time.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: This one is easy. From Paul Tracy after being asked why he
thought Juan Montoya didn't get word from his team that the track was partially blocked, "Maybe
Chip was busy looking at his reflection in the monitor in the pits."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Also to Paul Tracy after receiving the first place trophy,
a Lucite and gilded leather cowboy boot, referring to last year's Houston embarrassment, "It's
nice to have that gold boot in my hands rather than in my ass."
SCHEDULE: To Down Under, and Scott Pruett's home race away from home.
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