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Cheever: Indy is right place for American GP.

Former Formula 1 star Eddie Cheever has stated his belief that the American Grand Prix will return to the sport's schedule in the near future – and argues that Indianapolis is the right place to host the race.

The US Grand Prix has been a fixture on the F1 calendar on 33 occasions since the official inception of the world championship back in 1950 – at no fewer than seven different circuits.

From 2000 until 2007, however, the event was held exclusively at Indy – and was due to continue in that vein, but for a series of disagreements over costs between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George.

Former Indy 500 winner and current Grand-Am team owner Cheever, however, is convinced that there is a way back.

“I think it's sad,” the 50-year-old reflected in an interview with Crash.net, musing on the race's absence from the calendar this year and – seemingly – next, “but it was a business decision that was made by Ecclestone and Tony George.

“They have their business issues that they need to work out – it is above all a business – and I hope it goes back there soon. I think it's highly possible.

“Indy is the centre of all open-wheel racing in the United States, so it does make the most sense to me [to hold the race there].”

by Russell Atkins


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Don - Unregistered

August 21, 2008 3:37 PM

Road America would be a fantastic track for F1, it's one of the best road courses in the world. As far as Richard Ards Cheever comment, Jean-Michel sums it up perfectly, "what have you accomplished that was so great...at least he made it there and had a few seasons...stupid comment as always".

rich ard

August 21, 2008 3:14 PM

jean, the reason i mentioned cheever is because he made the comment. he never reached the pinnacle of F1. if he had been a success in GP his opinions might be more highly regarded. maybe it is his patriotism that colours his view. street racing is not the best form of racing for F1, the cars should be on road circuits. laguna, watkins, RA, etc i am sure that the vast majority of fans would concur.



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