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1999 Vancouver Thoughts

TRACK: It was hard to tell what effects the changes had with a wet race, but the Trans Am event was quite racy the day before. However, in keeping with tradition, we'll still leave Vancouver on the "nuke 'em" list.

RACE: If you like demolition derbies, this was definitely your cup of tea. Even the interesting parts could not overcome the constant breaks in rhythm with all the full course yellows.

RAIN: One has to wonder if today's modern formula car -- Champ car or Formula 1 -- is getting too technically sophisticated to handle rain racing. Especially on street circuits.

MONTOYA: If you were surprised by Juan's superb performance in the wet, you haven't been paying attention this year.

FRANCHITTI: This was not the time in the season where Dario needed to be taking chances. Plenty of races remained before panic needed to set in. Now, he needs to panic.

CARPENTIER: There's always at least one driver who is able to take great advantage of everyone else's misfortunes in a race like this by staying out of trouble himself. Patrick was that driver.

VASSER: Remember him?

MORENO: Don't let the final results fool you. This was perhaps his finest race of the year.

BLUNDELL: Went from rain hero to rain goat.

ANDRETTI: Perplexing.

TRACY: Well, the track was wet...

JOURDAIN: Was there an incident Michel was not involved in?

JONES: The defense rests. PJ is the worse blocker in CART.

MAGNUSSEN: Now let me get this straight. Jan is brought in to replace PJ. Jones then comes back and cleans Magnussen's clock. Jan failed in his first CART stint, and Magnussen belongs in CART this time ... why?

UNSER: Even the one venue that has been nothing but good let Little Al down. Unser completed every single lap in Vancouver prior to this year. The final piece of proof that this has been the most nightmarish season for Al.

CLEVELAND: Don't cancel those reservations just yet. And to the IRL -- D'uh!

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: PJ Jones commenting on the last race at the post qualifying press conference with Juan Montoya seated next to him, "Maybe we ought to show some of these guys who have been racing out of the country all their life the tape of the Bristol NASCAR race last week. I come from oval-track racing. That is where you race hard. I don't have anything against Juan, but he does complain a lot."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Papis said on Friday after hearing the weather report for race day, "I hope it doesn't rain."

SCHEDULE: Bring on the corkscrew.

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