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:: 15.3.02 ::
Indy 500 entrants update: Add to the list of contenders, Jimmy Vasser. With Rahal/Letterman backing, and driving a Miller Lite livery car, Jimmy will add even more excitement to a star-studded May qualifying and bump days at the Brickyard. Go Jeemee!!
Racing this weekend::: 12.3.02 ::
IRL: Phoenix resident Billy Boat will carry the colors and team logo of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks on his No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing entry in the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway. -- From indyracingleague.com
More CART news: Things are looking a lot better for the future of CART's engine suppliers, according to this report from Robin Miller.
CART Monterrey Recap - Podium: 1st Cristiano da Matta, 2nd Dario Franchitti, 3rd Christian Fittipaldi -- A stellar weekend for CART, and they needed one bad. First, the new qualifying rules paid off, making the Friday Qualifying session a very exciting affair! -- Christian Fittipaldi had the fastest time, but it was eradicated by his bringing out the red flag. Give the Friday Pole point to local favorite, Adrian Fernandez -- Then the race, with its new fuel stop rules, had everyone taking their cars to the limit. Some even more than the limit (Sorry, Townsend Bell). -- In the end, my favorite story of the race was Michel Jourdain, Jr. He had a great Friday qualifier, holding the pole speed for a big portion of the session. And then at the race, he was able to secure 4th place. It was especially touching to see his father, Michel Sr., with him in the paddock during his interview. -- And lastly, congratulations for such great coverage. The Speed Channel showed what it is capable of: showcasing a motor racing event with excitement and enthusiasm. I'm already looking forward to Long Beach.:: 8.3.02 ::
Racing this weekend:
Airton Dare takes over for Beechler for the 2002 season. Take "replacement" off his title, as driver for A. J. Foyt. Well, well, A.J. You have two foreign drivers driving for you this year. Now, who was it that was complaining so much back in his CART days about all those foreign drivers coming into the sport? Gosh, who was that? Don't tell me. It'll come to me...:: 4.3.02 ::
IRL Homestead Recap - Podium: 1st Sam Hornish, Jr., 2nd Gil de Ferran, 3rd Helio Castroneves -- Complete report when I have reviewed the entire race. Local coverage was pre-empted by the Penn State-Purdue basketball game (I live in neither Pennsylvania not Indiana. Grrr!) Tape delayed to 2:30 am Sunday, so I'll be watching the tape later this week. Will update report soon.
F1 Australia Recap - Podium: 1st Michael Schumacher, 2nd Juan Pablo Montoya, 3rd Kimi Raikonen. -- OK, first off I agree with Speed's Steve Matchett that the race should have been red-flagged after Ralf Schumacher decided to emulate the movie "Driven" on the first corner. I felt bad for the people who spent a LOT of money to go see ultimately around 10 or 11 cars ride around Albert Park. -- However, they can thank the officials for not red-flagging it and giving their local hero David Webber and the Minardi team 2 points. Very good show, David! -- I know it's a tremendous result that the Toyota team was able to score a championship point on their first outing in F1, but I'm still more appreciative of the Minardi effort. After all, Toyota may be a startup, but they are still a factory team with deep pockets and a very capable driver (one-time Ferrari replacement driver, Mika Salo).:: 1.3.02 ::
I just want to add my condolences to the friends and family of Jeff Clinton, who was killed today in Homestead. My thoughts and prayers are with those people who knew Jeff. I was hoping to log in today and give my comments on the IRL qualifying, but that all seems remote and distant and very insignificant. I will add Jeff Clinton's family and friends in my prayers and think of the tragedies of the past years as I watch the qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix tonight in a definitely more somber mood. God bless.