Balaclava Image Deep Throttle Logo
Auto Racing History Image
HOME THOUGHTS ESSAYS RANKINGS HISTORY
About Us
Russell's Ramblings
Photos
F1 Schedule
Master Schedule
Debunking Myths
News Links
Shopping
Ed Donath Archive
Guestbook
In Association with Amazon.com

1999 Pre-Season Thoughts

One thing is guaranteed. We will have a new CART Champion. Another thing is guaranteed. It will be another year of close, exciting, thrilling racing action. Then, we will have the Hawaiian Super Prix to top if all off. What part of 1999 could you possibly not be looking forward to? (Okay, okay, Detroit. But let's not go there. For now.)

In no particular order:

TOYOTA: A make it or break it year for them. Wait a minute; we said that last year...

PENSKE: Will the master give up making his own chassis? Or will this be a repeat of 1994? Technically, the new Penske holds a lot of promise. And the greatest wild card. Wait a minute; we said all that last year...

AL UNSER, JR.: Personal concerns at home may prevent Little Al from doing much this year even if the Penske proves to be a winner.

REYNARD: They can do what no other previous chassis manufacturer has been able to do -- maintain their position on top while also running a Formula One effort.

SWIFT: They need to make a greater gain than they did last year, or their stock may drop a bit.

LOLA: Poised for a surprise season?

GOODYEAR: With the last minute blow of Newman-Haas jumping ship to Firestone, you can stick a fork in Goodyear. They're done for.

TEAM GANASSI: Four-peat? Why not?

TEAM GREEN: Finally recaptured some of the championship performance from 1995. Now, if they can only keep their members from going after each other's throat.

PACWEST: Which Bruce McCraw team was the most messed up in 1998 -- the Vancouver Canucks or the PacWest Racing Team? Considering the Canucks are still messed up in 1999, it doesn't bode well for the racing team.

NEWMAN-HAAS RACING: Jumping to Firestone even at the last minute has just made them an instant serious contender. For Andretti that is. Fittipaldi will still prove to be the most overrated driver on the CART circuit.

ALEX ZANARDI: Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that donut man brought immense excitement to the series the previous three years. He will be missed.

MAX PAPIS: Now that he has a solid ride under him, will he replace Zanardi on the excitement meter?

BRYAN HERTA: He finally proved he can win a race. Now he is going to have to prove that he should be the number one driver on this team with Papis knocking on the door.

TEAM RAHAL: With Bobby Rahal devoting all of his business energies to running the team, with Max Papis ready to interject an aggressive style to this team, with Bryan Herta's head's up driving style possibly rubbing a little off on Mad Max, this team may be ready to become the next Team Ganassi.

PATRICK CARPENTIER: Are his testing times for real? Is Patrick finally ready to reveal his promising talents? Is he even ready to usurp Greg Moore as team leader? Doubts will linger until he does it in a race. Consistently.

TONY KANAAN: Guaranteed first win this year. You can take it to the bank.

HELIO CASTRO-NEVES: It's a good thing that this talent found a ride after losing out in the Bettenhausen financial crunch. It's too bad that this talent found a ride with Hogan Racing.

ROBBY GORDON: To paraphrase the immortal words of Junior Johnson: Robby Gordon has finally found a team owner he can get along with. The question is, whether Gordon, the owner, can get Gordon, the driver, to finally settle down.

SCOTT PRUETT: Many, including this columnist, said Pruett switching to Arciero-Wells was the dumbest move since Scott Goodyear jumped to Bernstein Racing. However, Pruett does have a knack for knowing about something before anyone else does.

PJ JONES: Many have said that PJ has the talent, but did not have the ride. Well, maybe. Here's his chance to prove the naysayers wrong.

JIMMY VASSER: Everybody is calling for Dario Franchitti to take over the top spot. Not so fast. Jimmy will be the one back on top when 1999 is all said and done.

PAUL TRACY: The one year when most people have finally caught on and are not counting Tracy as a serious contender will probably be the year that Paul finally gets his act together and has the last laugh.

DELLA PENNA MOTORSPORTS: More money = better results? For Richie Hearn's sake, we hope so.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: Give him the Rookie-of-the-Year title right now. There isn't even any suspense.

CRISTIANO da MATTA: Talented enough to give Montoya a run for his money, but on the wrong team to make a dent.

LAND OF THE RISING SUN: Hattori, Hattori, Takagi -- which one will assume the crown of King Hiro? Does it really matter?

DENNIS VITOLO: Only seven races to poke fun at him. Can't figure out whether that's good or bad...

Deep Throttle

Copyright 1999 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.

 
 
2008 Thoughts
Long Beach

2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
Preseason Mexico Long Beach Nazareth
Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
Site Index | Search | Contacts | Ad Rates |


Copyright © 1999-2017 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.
The names, logos, and taglines identifying Deep Throttle are proprietary marks of Deep Throttle. All other trademarks and service marks are property of their respective owners. Deep Throttle is an independent electronic publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by any series, team, driver, or sponsor. Privacy Policy.