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(2001)

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Sylvester Stallone was asked in an interview about films he would wish had not done, and he listed this as one of them.
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The trick that Sylvester Stallone's character (Joe Tanto) performs with the three coins is reminiscent of a trick real-life Formula One driver, Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina used to perform. The four-wheel drift enthusiast did it to test himself.
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Some of the sounds are not of CART Champ Cars, but rather of Formula One cars. The movie was originally supposed to be about Formula One racing, but due to restrictions imposed on the production crew, the producers had to look elsewhere.
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Sylvester Stallone's original script was 220 pages long.
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According to director Renny Harlin's commentary, his first cut of the movie was four hours long. Only 51 minutes of deleted footage was included as a special feature on the DVD.
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The relationship between Sophia with Jimmy and Beau is clearly reminiscence of that of Corinna Betsch, who dated Heinz-Harald Frentzen before moving onto Michael Schumacher, whom she became married to.
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Sophia Simone does some synchronized swimming moves in the movie. Estella Warren who plays this character had been a synchronized swimmer for many years.
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Sylvester Stallone originally conceived the film as a biopic of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, a very popular three time Formula One champion who tragically died during a race in 1994.
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The original premier race of ChampCar on the Eurospeedway in Germany in 2001 was stopped after a crash in which Alex Zanardi lost both legs.
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The finish of the last race of the season is reminiscent of the finish to the CART race at Portland in 1997. Only in the Portland race the first three cars finished within 0.055 seconds of each other.
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The name of a character in the film, Memo Moreno, is a combination of two actual race car drivers in the CART series: Memo Gidley and Roberto Moreno.
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Beau Brandenburg races for Target Ganassi Racing, whose owner is played by Chip Ganassi. In reality, Target Ganassi is an extremely successful CART team owned by the same person.
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Much of the racing footage is from actual IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic and various CART events in the 1990s.
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In the scene before the last race (Detroit), real Champ Car drivers are portrayed doing pre-race rituals. 'Kenny Brack', the driver of the Shell car, tapes a picture of a baby inside his race suit. The baby in the picture is Renny Harlin's son, Lukas.
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The helmet design used by Beau Brandenburg is actually used by Juan Pablo Montoya in real life. Joe Tanto has Maurício Gugelmin's design.
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Renny Harlin is in the movie as a crew member for two different teams. He is first seen as a PacWest/Motorola crew member who gets out of the Motorola car so that Jimmy Bly can demonstrate that he can get out of the car in five seconds. Harlin is then seen in a Bettenhausen/Herdez uniform taking his real life son Lukas to a playground.
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Portions of the film were shot at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - home of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was originally considered for the role of Jimmy Bly.
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The two team cars that are featured in the movie use the sponsors and paint schemes that were used at the time of filming by an actual CART team called PacWest Racing.
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Jimmy Bly's helmet is almost the same as former CART/Champ Car driver Mark Blundell's helmet. The only difference is Blundell's has his initials MB on the top as opposed to JB on Jimmy Bly's helmet. Blundell also drove for Pac West Racing which Jimmy Bly's car is based on.
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Working title was "Champs".
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Brian Transeau (BT) composed the music for this film. He also composed music for another racing film, The Fast and the Furious (2001).
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The reporter in the Toronto press conference scene is played by Brian Jennings, the film's visual effects supervisor.
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On one of the cars is an advert for "Dog Chow". In the movie Showgirls (1995), Gina Gershon (who plays Cathy in "Driven") famously talks about how she used to love to eat Dog Chow.
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The driver Memo Moreno is named after real-life ChampCar drivers Roberto Moreno and Memo Gidley. The use of a wheelchair-bound team owner is inspired by Sir Frank Williams.
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The film's luxurious 'Hotel Selin' is named after director Renny Harlin's friend, producer Markus Selin.
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Director Cameo 

Renny Harlin: As a driver taking his son to a park before one of the races.
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Director Trademark 

Renny Harlin: [finland] Numerous Finnish flags in the bleachers and also painted on some spectators' bodies.
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