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1999 Nazareth Thoughts

TRACK: Was it the track or superspeedway wings that made this a one lane race? Maybe a combination of both.

RACE: It built up to a crescendo, and the stage was set, but the climax came too early causing a way too long aftermath.

MONTOYA: Game, set, match? Already?

CASTRO-NEVES: Nobody, and I mean nobody, was as fast through turns three and four throughout the weekend as Helio was.

JONES: All you naysayers to PJ (yours truly included) sit down!

PRUETT: Gotta wonder whether Scott was thinking, "Damn." However, considering da Matta's performance, Pruett knows his turn may come very soon.

ARCIERO-WELLS: Speaking of Pruett's team -- best results in team history. They probably wish the next race were tomorrow.

BARRON: Not only was Alex not holding up Pruett, he was pulling away at such a rate that Barron registered the sixth fastest lap of the race. Pruett got the tenth fastest lap. Just imagine if Barron hadn't lost a lap earlier in the race.

ANDRETTI: Slowly but surely made his way up to a solid points paying position. Michael continues to run smart, and is poised to make a major move up the standings when he gets hot.

FERNANDEZ: A quiet race, but effective, and he too came away with a good number of points.

HOGAN: There was no way this team was going to outdo Team Target in the pits. Which meant that Castro-Neves was handicapped from the start.

TOYOTA: Three, count them, three Toyota's were in the top ten. And zero Mercedes. In fact, other than Castro-Neves, which was mostly chassis not engine, the Mercedes didn't have a prayer all day. Who would have ever predicted that?

VASSER: Where oh where has our Chimmy gone?

GORDON: The second dismal weekend in a row for this team. The second weekend since team manager Laurie Gerrish left.

PENSKE: Roger, it's real simple. BUY A LOLA!!

UNSER: Wins the Shigeaki Hattori first-one-into-the-wall award.

TRACY: From goat to near hero.

SPINS: Would you ever have thought that on a bullring, 60% of the spins would result in no wall contact? And that two of the four drivers that spun would continue to finish on the podium?

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Adrian Fernandez on his contribution to the team's performance: "...we tested with the Swift, so PJ should give me half of his prize money."

SCHEDULE: Well, here we go again -- Rio. Another chance to hear how the Brazilians just love Champ Car racing. Only to once again see nobody show to back it up. Then the IRL-type excuses and changes inevitably follow. Well CART, this should be their last chance. No fans. No more Brazil.

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