CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Observations and Notes

Observations and Notes Kristian Steenstrup, motorsport.com Vancouver September 4, 1999 · Moreno was in a chirpy mood on Friday. And so he should be. The Newman-Haas drive has only served to bring him further into the spotlight. If he were a...

Observations and Notes

Kristian Steenstrup, motorsport.com Vancouver September 4, 1999

· Moreno was in a chirpy mood on Friday. And so he should be. The Newman-Haas drive has only served to bring him further into the spotlight. If he were a corporation his stock would be rated as 'strong buy'. While his price may not go up in real dollar terms, he is sure to have more certainty at closing a deal. It is nice to see someone who does not take success for granted. He was joking about keeping the name boards they use in the press conference. He wanted to take it home and put in on the wall.

· If Moreno continues to make the top three press conferences the other drivers will need to be careful about their secrets. When Dario said that he had gone to Scotland 'on business' in July, Moreno interrupted and said 'you told me it was to go and drink whiskey'.

· Bribery between team-mates became a possibility. In the absence of team orders Franchitti suggested he would take Tracy out and buy him dinner. Said Tracy; 'It would take more than Dinner'. Echoing the stereotypical Scots his team-mate replied, 'hey, I am a Scotsman'.

· There was a theory floating around Friday night that Paul Tracy may have been the first Cart driver to be disqualified for being Overweight. After his qualifying time was removed on Friday for the car being too low, the team defended itself by pointing out that the car had passed tests earlier in the day for ride height. Maybe they should check the car after lunch next time.

· Engines seemed to be combusting all over the place in the Saturday morning warm-up. Although the cars seemed reasonably robust on Friday, On Saturday we had Montoya, Castro-Neves and Tracy all experience that warm sensation on their back, as a few hundred grand worth of leased alloy goes up in a methanol haze.

· Even without burning up an engine Magnussen and the Patrick Team had long faces and furrowed brows. "There is no grip at the front or the back". "It is just sliding across the track almost as if the tires are too hard", reported Magnussen. A team member confirmed, "We tried the spare car, and a different set of tires. We have a few more things to try this afternoon." Pat Patrick summed it up; "Things are not going well. But we don't know what the problem is".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy