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1999 Portland Thoughts

TRACK: There may not be a lot of places to pass, but it sure must be fun watching in person these cars fly through those high speed corners.

RACE: What a change of pace -- a fuel economy race, but using an opposite approach. Way to go Derrick Walker and Gil de Ferran for choosing to do what racing is all about -- go all out and let the chips fall where they may.

de FERRAN: Nice guys do (still) finish first.

GOODYEAR: That sound you heard was a massive sigh of relief from Akron. Followed by a huge cheer.

MONTOYA: You get the feeling Juan is having the most fun out there.

TEAM GANASSI: Want to get the strategist twitching? Just mention the word, "fuel."

MORENO: If I were Blundell, I'd be worried.

FRANCHITTI: Those arrows on the tires are to tell you what direction they are supposed to rotate. At least Dario recovered nicely with a solid podium finish.

FERNANDEZ: A good, quiet, solid finish. Allows him to keep Montoya in sight.

TEAM GREEN: Very good boys. You both played nice. You can have ice cream tonight.

ANDRETTI: Seems to find every conceivable way to stall the car.

HOGAN RACING: Seems to find every conceivable way to lose a race.

PLAYERS: Is it the Mercedes, or this team struggling on road courses?

TOYOTA: Started the weekend out well (well, they were helped by rain), but rapidly descended to their familiar spot, the back of the pack. Just when you thought they were starting to become competitive.

PENSKE/UNSER: This was the most dismal, pathetic performance by Team Penske and Al Unser Jr. Perhaps ever. Whipped by the same chassis driven by a second year driver in a less financed team. Outdone by his rookie teammate in a supposedly inferior Penske (fifth fastest lap of the race). Roger and Al need to do some serious soul searching before the next race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Juan Montoya on being forced to take it easy to conserve fuel, "You're going down the straight half throttle and they're saying, 'you gotta save more fuel.' Jesus!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Gil de Ferran describing his front row seat for Montoya's spin on a restart, "When I saw his wheels spinning quite hard I knew that he was going in. I know that's what happens from personal experience."

SCHEDULE: Ahh, Cleveland. How can anyone not like Cleveland. Don't answer the phone when this race is on.

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