Rumours not only abound that Andretti-Green Racing is poised to confirm that it has taken over the running of the American 'entry' in the A1 Grand Prix 'World Cup of Motorsport', but that it will bring IndyCar racewinner Danica Patrick to contest the opening round at Zandvoort this weekend.
AGR's omission from Acura's plans for next season's American Le Mans Series heightened speculation that the team was to branch out into other arenas, with A1GP, perhaps surprisingly, topping the list. Those rumours have grown since the time the ALMS announcement was made, and now includes the suggestion that AGR IndyCar favourite Patrick may be lining up on the grid in Holland on Sunday.
A1GP's own confused state makes it difficult to gauge exactly which countries will be present for the 'opening round' - Mugello had been slated to start the 2008-09 campaign last month - and AGR is not being forthcoming when questioned on its possible involvement. Crash.net
sources in America, however, believe that the team already has a crew in place in Europe, working on the Team USA entry.
The downside of A1GP attracting such a prestige name as Andretti Green is that there could be a challenge from erstwhile 'seatholder' Rick Weidinger, whose PR team claims that Patrick being run by AGR this weekend would represent a breach of agreement because Team USA Holdings has the deal to run the US car, with Weidinger as principal. According to sources, he hasn't yet received one of the new Ferrari-built cars, and is not going to the Netherlands.
Weidinger has run a blend of old and new American talent in his car over the first three years of the A1GP initiative, with veterans like Bryan Herta and Buddy Rice being eclipsed by last year's achievements with Atlantics runner Jonathan Summerton.
Summerton is otherwise engaged this weekend, as he chases the 2008 Atlantics crown with Newman-Wachs Racing at Road Atlanta.