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:: 25.6.03 ::

Three Stars - Week 3

1. Toyota: Not many people paid attention to the kiwi driver, Scott Dixon leading up to the Homestead race. But Dixon won a race with an all-Toyota podium The Hondas did well enough, especially the Andretti/Green cars. The Chevy contingent was trying REAL hard, but those cars are way down on power this year. The Penske Toyota drivers shared the podium and Scott Sharp drove his Delphi Toyota really hard.

2. Ryan Newman: Yes, Rousch racer Matt Kenseth won the race, but the hard driver of the day in Las Vegas was definitely Ryan Newman. The Penske Dodge boy battled back from 2 laps down to finish 10th.

3. Gil de Ferran: IRL/CART Penske veteran driver de Ferran had a great race strategy that was only spoiled by Dixon's awesome drive. After a late pit stop that brought de Ferran and teammate Helio Castroneves together, you could tell that they were poised to orchestrate a quick move out front for the balance of the race.
:: Eric 25.6.03 [+] ::
:: 20.6.03 ::
CART to go private?

It's no secret that CART has had its struggles. The sanctioning body has been plowing through its reserve cash at a feverish clip. Stock prices are down near $3.00/share. News reports are flying around saying that CART is looking for a buyer to step up and take the company private. Among suitors are majority shareholder, Gerry Forsythe and Formula One mega-tycoon Bernie Ecclestone. There's a great article about this in this week's AutoWeek (in print, sorry no hyperlink.) and another great perspective from open-wheel guru, Robin Miller (with hyperlink).
:: Eric 20.6.03 [+] ::
FYI: Dario Franchitti is due to undergo back surgery following his motorcycle injury earlier this year. As a result, his season driving in the IRL for Andretti Green is over. His ride will be taken over by a driver to be named later.
:: Eric 20.6.03 [+] ::
Indy Racing League Fantasy Update:

The results came in for the Pikes Peak race. Team Muttley lapped the field. The podium looked like this:

1. Team Muttley
2. Lambros Entry
3. Whizzing Wheels

Team Muttley was helped by the majority of drivers making the top 10. Only Scott Sharp was outside the top 10. He finished 11th. Lambros posted a decent finish. He also had Scott Dixon, who won the race, and was mainly hindered by keeping retirees Andretti and Luyendyk on his team. Whizzing Wheels posted a good finish at third, based on a solid field of drivers. Her best driver, Kenny Brack finished 7th. Wardy's DNQ was responsible for the team's only zero.

Based on the results of the Colorado race, the season podium looks like this:
1. Team Muttley
2. Texas Two-Step
3. Whizzing Wheels

The results have tightened up the race for second place, while Team Muttley has increased his lead. But there are still plenty of races to be run, and it won't take much to bring the group up to contend for the lead. Keep posted on the latest driver developments as I find them and make comments.

The next race is in another week: Saturday, June 28th at Richmond's small oval. Make sure you pick your drivers by Friday, June 27th. Good luck!
:: Eric 20.6.03 [+] ::
This week in racing:

Sunday, June 22, 2003.

Portland, OR - CART: GI Joe's 200. Portland International Raceway road course. 2002 Champion: Cristiano da Matta.

Sonoma, CA - NASCAR: Dodge Savemart 350. Infineon Raceway road course. Defending Champion: Ricky Rudd.

Also, Craftsman Trucks race in Memphis, TN.
:: Eric 20.6.03 [+] ::
:: 13.6.03 ::
This Week in Racing: (Super-sized)

It seems everything with 4 wheels and an engine is racing this weekend. Check it out!

Saturday, June 14 - Sunday, June 15

Le Mans, France - ACO: 24 Heures du Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe road & street circuit. Defending champions: Team Audi (LMP)

Sunday, June 15

Monterey, CA - CART: Grand Prix of Monterey. Laguna Seca road course. 2002 champion: Cristiano da Matta

Montreal, Quebec - F1: Canadian Grand Prix. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course. Defending champion: Michael Schumacher

Fountain, CO - IRL: Honda Indy 225. Pikes Peak International Raceway oval track. Defending champion: Gil de Ferran

Brooklyn, MI - NASCAR: Sirius Sattellite Radio 400. Michigan International Speedway superspeedway oval. Defending champion: Matt Kenseth

Also, this weekend: Busch Series in Sparta, KY on Saturday. NHRA in Columbus, OH. Didn't I say everyone was racing this weekend?
:: Eric 13.6.03 [+] ::
:: 12.6.03 ::
IRL Fantasy League Update

The results came in for the Texas race and the podium looks like this:

1. Team Muttley
2. Epp Entry
3. Lambros Entry

With a race as exciting as the Texas race usually is, the results for the fantasy league were a little less exciting. Team Muttley just about lapped the field scoring 134 points. Second place Epp Entry scored only 72 points. Muttley's performance was bolstered by the podium finishes of Tony Kanaan and Tora Takagi. Jeff's team came in second on the backs of race winner Al Unser, Jr. and 10th place finisher, Sam Hornish. (Hint: Robby Gordon, Jimmy Vasser, and Scott Mayer are back at their regular jobs at NASCAR, CART, and Pep Boys? respectively.) Lambros Entry can attribute its third place to 3 solid finishers: Dixon, Helio, and Fisher. (Hint #2: Andretti and Luyendyk were out registering with AARP.)

So, after 5 races the season podium looks like this:
1. Team Muttley
2. Texas Two-Step
3. Whizzing Wheels

Fortunately, the point totals were low enough to keep the podium the same as the previous race. Though the gap has widened at the top and tightened up elsewhere throughout the field.

IMPORTANT: There is an IRL this weekend. If you need to change up your driver lineup, make sure to have it in by Saturday to count towards this week's race.

Good luck!
:: Eric 12.6.03 [+] ::
:: 6.6.03 ::
This week in racing:

Saturday, June 7

Fort Worth, TX - IRL: Bombardier 500. Texas Motor Speedway oval track. 2002 Champion: Jeff Ward. Also (Friday) Craftsman Truck Series

Busch Series in Tennessee

Sunday, June 8

Long Pond, PA - NASCAR: Pocono 500. Pocono International Raceway tri-oval. Defending Champion: Dale Jarrett.

:: Eric 6.6.03 [+] ::
:: 4.6.03 ::
IRL Fantasy League Update:

Just a reminder. The Texas IRL race is this weekend. If you plan to make changes to your lineup, make them before Friday or they won't count towards this race.

Thanks and good luck!
:: Eric 4.6.03 [+] ::
:: 3.6.03 ::
I know I haven't posted much lately, and I've really fallen down on the job as far as "3 Stars" etc. I anticipate I won't be getting much better as the summer progresses. Work is getting busier (which is good). And when the weather gets nice on the weekends (like Sunday), I don't even stay in the house long enough to watch a race on TV. (Which is also good.) So please accept my apologies when you log in and there aren't any new posts.

OK, now for the racing I did see this weekend: The Centennial 250 Champ Car race at the Milwaukee Mile was excellent. Though the race was marred a little at the start by a 3-car crash and one car dominated the race, the excitement came in which car it was that was dominating. Bobby Rahal's driver, Michel Jourdain was good on the high line and good down low. There were lots of spectatular overtaking moves throughout the field as the new-old aero package let the drivers drive a bit harder around the track.

The Player's team was a lot of fun to watch too, as Patrick Carpentier could make his car get around others in places it seemed no one could/should make their move. And of course, there was Paul Tracy's gaffe in the pits as his left rear tire was not properly fastened and came loose on track.

After the final caution, it was a ten lap dash to the finish with Jourdain pulling away from Oriol Servia, who was being dogged by Carpentier. It was awesome, and gave me a chance to shout, "Vamanos, Michel!!" at the TV screen.

A great race. And it seems I enjoyed it even more than Robin Miller, who says it was "pretty decent."
:: Eric 3.6.03 [+] ::

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