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"I want to win a couple of Indy car championships
and I want people to say that Greg Moore was one of
the best CART drivers that was ever around."

- Greg Moore, 1997

| AFTERMATH | INITIAL DRIVER REACTIONS | FAMILY & FRIENDS |

Aftermath

"Greg is the reason you see drivers get on so well before the race and still race each other hard on the track. He's the guy who taught all of us that you can race a guy on the track and still be friends at the end of the day."
- Dario Franchitti, on giving the Greg Moore Legacy Award to Patrick Carpentier

"I've been waiting two years to say this, but this one's for you, Greg."
- Dario Franchitti, Vancouver 2002

"A couple of years ago I really wanted to win the race as a mark of respect for Greg, but we screwed up at the last moment in the last pit stop. So today it's good to finally get the job done. It means a lot for me to be able to win up here. I knew that if he was here we'd be out partying tonight."
- Dario Franchitti, Vancouver 2002

"To see Ric Moore at the podium, how happy he was, he was just filled with emotion. That was great, really, really great... I'm really happy for Dario. I remember the emotion of seeing Ric Moore on the podium [last year] and I remember how disappointed Dario was because he wanted to win that race so badly for Greg."
- Paul Tracy, Vancouver 2002

"I think he [Greg] organized this podium here today. Every year when we come here it's a tough weekend for us. Every year when we do the party, we know he's around."
- Tony Kanaan, Vancouver 2002

"The award is named after a guy that was not only a great race car driver... I would say we were really similar in the way we were driving, both very aggressive. I think both were never content with the result. Always wanting to do something more... We were very, very competitive. I can't say we were close friends, but we were friends, and for sure, we had a great deal of respect for each other... I remember Greg in Las Vegas in '98, we were playing billiards, pool at Jimmy Vasser's house, and I explained to him the way we play in Italy. We don't play it with a stick; we just throw the ball with our hands. Well, true enough, after five minutes, we are playing our way; he wants to beat me, and you can tell now he's very competitive and he's into the game. And I said, 'Okay, Greg, we are going to go.' 'No, another game.' 'Yeah, but we have got to go.' 'Man, I've been here three years, you kick my butt and now you are running away [to F1], it's not fair.' So that was a great compliment to me because I rate him a great driver... But, I rate Greg a very, very capable driver. Somebody that would never give up, and for him to say something like this to me was a great compliment."
- Alex Zanardi, on receiving the Greg Moore Award at Toronto 2002

"With four laps to go, I started crying in the car, I almost hit the wall. I was saying to Greg Moore, ‘Please let me have this one Greg.' It's a shame you are not here, but this win will be in your name."
- Roberto Moreno, dedicating his Vancouver 2001 win to Greg

"I would have raced if he hadn't. I think two things about that. If I had, Greg would be alive today. And if I had, I wouldn't have had the accident he did because I wouldn't have attempted the passes he was making."
- Roberto Moreno, reliving the Fontana '99 race weekend

"We all miss Greg, he was so young and so talented. When he got hurt, I was going to take his place in the race. I wish I had because I think he would still be with us."
- Roberto Moreno, reliving the Fontana '99 race weekend

"That guy had more talent in his pinky finger than most guys in this room."
- Paul Tracy, at the 1999 CART Award's Banquet

"We'll never forget Greg, but now everybody is remembering the good times and the good things and carrying on the way Greg would want us to."
- Dario Franchitti

"He definitely was one of the best guys I've ever seen driving a race car."
- Gil de Ferran

"Most people knew Greg as a great driver. To me, Greg was a great friend. I looked forward to the times we could get together. Shopping, having a coffee, starting the occasional food fight at various dinners and on charter flights - but denying it. Hanging out in the F1 garages. It's all the little things that are valuable to me. This is how I remember my friend."
- Lee Bentham

"It’s going to be an emotional time for a lot of us in the CART series, since this was Greg’s home race. I’ve been thinking about Greg and the Moore family throughout the season, but the Vancouver race is certainly going to bring back a lot of memories of Greg and what he achieved. I know that he’s going to be with us in spirit and that’s a motivating factor for everyone at Team Player’s."
- Patrick Carpentier, on returning to Vancouver

"The Greg Moore trophy, I really wanted that. That was in the back of my mind the whole time. I was pushing hard and I really wanted it. But at the same time, Paul Tracy wanted it. We were both giving it 100 percent out there."
- Dario Franchitti, on Vancouver qualifying for the Greg Moore Pole Award

"What we're going to try to do is be motivated by all those emotions and try to do our best and push the car as hard as we can in qualifying, just to be able to put up a good result and please all those fans that are going to recognize the blue and white car because Greg was racing in that car."
- Alex Tagliani

"It just seems normal talking about him, especially with friends like Max, Jimmy, Paul and Tony...Nobody replaces Greg in your heart or mind. He was definitely an original."
- Dario Franchitti

"No, I don't think you can replace a guy like Greg Moore. You know, we were so happy to win at Michigan because Greg was kind of the king of that racetrack. We're really happy, but, yeah, I don't think you can replace him. I was just kind of the senior guy on the team, as Greg was, and Greg played that role very well... So I'm really happy about it, but I still think you cannot replace a guy like Greg Moore."
- Patrick Carpentier, after gaining Player's first victory since Greg's death

Drivers

"He's out there in the sky. These are messages that God sent to us. I'm so sad. There's no word, there is nothing. There is nothing...no satisfaction would pay this back. We need to understand why things happen. Now my prayers are with Ric and all of Greg's family. There is no word. You just have to understand why things happen. And don't accept them."
- Max Papis

"He was a great guy. He was my age and he was going to be one of the greatest... He didn't deserve to die."
- Juan Montoya

"I never think about anything like that. You just want to go as quick as you can. That's the way Greg thought, too."
- Juan Montoya

"Today I lost one of the best friends I ever had in Greg Moore. In the last couple of years, ever since I've known him, we shared a lot of good times together. He was the guy I competed the hardest with on the track, and he was the guy that I had the most fun with away from the track. The guy was going to be a champion, many, many times over. He was my friend. With what 's happened, nothing else matters."
- Dario Franchitti

"Today was a disappointing day for everybody. The loss of Greg is a hard thing to try and stomach. But I've talked to a lot of drivers now and we all just remember Greg on the grid today. He was sitting there in his car with a gimp hand, smiling and ready for the race; ready to go out there and try to win it. His spirit was that way. He wouldn't give up a chance to get in the car, even if his leg was hanging off. That's how I want to remember him. Not seeing the accident. But remembering all of the good times that we had. He was a guy who always had a smile on his face. He was always upbeat and always in a good mood. He had a great spirit and I hope that continues on in this sport."
- Paul Tracy

"His dream was to get to the Indy car level and race against guys like at the time, me and Scott Goodyear. He was one of the best, you know? No doubt. He had more talent than most everybody out there. And at such a young age he was so good, he probably didn't know how good he was. It is tragic."
- Paul Tracy

"This is a tragedy for all of us. I can't express to you how sad I feel... It's so hard. Greg was such a good friend of ours. We've been racing for a while and shared so many good moments on and off the track... This is a tragedy for all of us. the win doesn't matter anything. My heart goes to his dad, which I think he is hurting a lot right now. We should support his family right now because its such a difficult time for them. I will remember Greg as a great gentleman, great friend and a fantastic racecar driver."
- Adrian Fernandez

"It´s even hard to put it in words... I have no words. Definitely Greg will be missed a lot everywhere. Not only inside the track but outside the track and hanging out with us."
- Christian Fittipaldi

"I'm really sad about what happened to Greg. I think he was a great guy. I'm really sorry for his family and friends. I could say he was one of the nicer guys around here. It's a really big shame. It's a big loss for CART and for everyone."
- Juan Montoya

"This one hits home. Greg Moore was a good friend of mine. This accident is really going to make me think about what I'm doing with my career. We've lost two great guys in the last couple of months, and that's not good. I feel so sad for Greg's dad. Greg was a good kid from a really good family. This is such a tragedy."
- Robby Gordon

"I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to be Greg's teammate the last two seasons. I had a great deal of respect and admiration for him, both as a professional and as a person, and I think every driver in the CART series felt the same way. It is a devastating loss and my heart goes out to Greg's family and the many people who were close to him."
- Patrick Carpentier

"I'm in shock. My heart goes out to Greg's family. I knew it was a really bad accident but I had no idea it was this bad. Greg was a great race car driver with tremendous talent but beyond that he was a great role model and friend to many people."
- Michael Andretti

"It's a tough night. I think Greg was a true talent with a bright, bright future. I really liked him. He was a fun guy to be around."
- Michael Andretti

"It has been a flood of memories and stories and tears and questions, and I haven't gotten any farther than that. I've been a bowl of spaghetti inside... The thing I keep going back to is his passion. He had a passion for his friends, and he had a passion for life... He was always smiling. The lesson to be learned is that he taught us to be passionate, to love, and not to waste a single day of your life... Every time I get done crying, it makes me feel beautiful. Greg, I'm going to miss you. Everybody knows he was one hell of a race-car driver, and 10 times a human being."
- Jimmy Vasser

"He captured our hearts as a friend, captured our imaginations as a driver. We grieve not only for what he was, but for what he would have been, a true champion... He was only 24, but he lived life to the fullest. He loved what he was doing... It's difficult to understand. I don't think we will ever understand."
- Scott Pruett

"I'm still in shock. I missed the crash but heard Page's comments as the copter flew away. His words pretty much told the story but for some reason, I didn't let myself believe it. When the announcment was made on TV, I hit my knees and couldn't hold back the tears. Sometimes you never realize how much someone means to you until they're gone. I didn't know Greg on a personal basis, met him once at Milwaukee. But, as a driver, I admired him greatly. He was two years younger than me. As he was to many other drivers in their twenties right now, Greg was an inspiration to me. He was proof positive that success in this sport was possible however improbable it may seem sometimes. Talent, determination, positivity, confidence, class, and a whole lot of whatever you call that stuff that makes us look at racecar drivers with admiration instead of seeing them as lunatic madmen too crazy to live a normal life. These are just some of the things about Greg that we all wish we had a little more of."
- Ennis Bragg, F2000 driver

Family & Friends

"Every day was precious. He never dwelled on things for a long time, never held grudges. He just loved life. And racing was part of it."
- Donna Moore

"I don't know if there is a heaven. But if there is, Greg is up there on pole."
- Ric Moore

"What happened Sunday was beyond everybody but God's control. He loved life and life loved him. And most people in two lifetimes would not have the memories that he took with him."
- Ric Moore

"He was an unbelievably talented driver and a really smart driver, smart and mature for a guy his age. He rarely made mistakes. He was just really good and really fast."
- Ross Bentley

"This is a part of the sport you hate.... The only saving grace is he didn't know what hit him... He was a good guy. It's just a damn shame, a real damn shame... He was a great young man. He had a great future ahead of him. He had already achieved quite a few things in a very short period of time."
- Bobby Rahal

"This is heart wrenching. Greg always had such an exuberance for life and was an example for our young people. Now his life is wiped out, and that's left a big hurt in our community."
- Carl Durksen, mayor of Maple Ridge

"This is a very sad day for everyone involved with Champ Car Racing... Greg was one of the best and clearly had all the potential to be a series champion as well as being a world-class race car driver. He was also a fine individual who was much admired for his positive attitude and approach. To his family and his many friends, I extend our deepest sympathies on behalf of the entire Champ Car community."
- Andrew Craig

"He was everything that is good about this sport - talented, committed courageous, fit... it is a very, very profound loss indeed."
- Andrew Craig

"Greg Moore left a permanent impression on the FedEx Championship Series in his all-too-brief tenure with us. It seems only proper that we assure him a permanent legacy by retiring the number which became a symbol for his success."
- Andrew Craig, on retiring #99

"The tragic death of Greg Moore has left a hole for all of those who knew him and the millions more who watched this hometown hero as he brought racing to a whole new generation of motorsports fans. In every way, Greg was a winner both on and off the track, contributing countless hours to local charities and other worthwhile causes."
- Stuart Ballantyne, Vancouver Molson Indy general manager

"Gosh ... Robby and I just had the time of our lives with Greg down in Australia. We played cards. We went to the beach. We had dinner. That's the loss of a family member, and that hurts."
- Mike Held, co-owner of Team Gordon

"There are no words to describe our grief in the face of this tragedy. Greg was more than an outstanding race car driver with a brilliant future. He had a passion for the sport and a zest for life. He was a person with an engaging personality, a friend to everyone in the racing community and a true ambassador for the sport."
- Jean-Paul Blais, President of Player's Ltd.

"Jon Pollak introduced me to racing a few years ago - CART, F1 - and later on I met Monica Forsythe and became a big fan of Greg Moore's driving. We lost a true ‘Shooting Star' in Greg last year and he shall remain on the top of my CART All-Star list forever."
- Lenny Kravitz

"If the greatness of a man can be determined by the people who loved him and the lives he positively affected then there is no doubt in the eyes of the world that Greg Moore was a great man. On this day the loss of his presence on this earth has affect three generations of my family and forever changed the face of the sport we love. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who were closest to him. I would like to thank the parents of Moore for letting us share in knowing and loving a great man and competitor. In this day and age it is hard to find an athlete that carries the traits of great sportsman, competitor, role model and man. Greg Moore had all these abilities in abundance and I consider myself and my son blessed to know him and his talents. It is with a heavy heart but a permanent image of what a man can be, that I say good-bye to Greg Moore. You will be missed by more people than you ever knew."
- Robert C. Radway

"We all feel very sad about Greg Moore's tragic accident. In our four year's working relationship with Greg - which was to end after this year when he was going to join the Penske-Honda team - we have known him as a talented, fair and sympathetic sportsman. His death is a profound loss. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and also with his team Forsythe Racing. We lost a friend. We will miss him and won't forget him."
- Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Moore. He will be missed not only for his talents and skill as a driver, but also for the person he was outside of the cockpit. We were looking forward to Greg joining Honda as part of Team Penske next season, but that becomes unimportant at a time like this. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and team."
- Tom Elliott of Honda

"Greg was like a son to all of us, not just his dad. We all watched him grow up and we could see he was headed for great things."
- CART pastor Hunter Floyd

"He was a person who was always upbeat, always in a good mood. He kind of brightened up the room when he came in. He was never down or negative... It's tragic. It really puts things in perspective. He was so young and had such a promising future in front of him. We're all going to miss him."
- Brendan Morrison a childhood friend

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