IndyCar » Motegi sticking point to '08 merger?


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Jaymat2005 - Unregistered

February 08, 2008 2:39 PM

It certainly sounds like the much-needed merger between Champ Car and the IndyCar series is closer than it''s ever been. However, I can certainly see Champ Car''s contracts with its current venues as being a major hurdle for this thing to come together this season. In the long-run, it''s great for American open-wheel racing, but the litigation fall-out between Champ Car and its current venues could be serious. Perhaps a better solution would be to call this Champ Car''s farewell season and run all events as scheduled and accomodate it schedule to allow its drivers to run the Indy 500.

Jim Eagan

February 08, 2008 3:00 PM

Exactly, Jaymat. Run the Champ Car series as scheduled -- since many teams have bought new Panoz chassis for this year -- and also (for the CC teams) run as many Indy events as the schedule can accommodate.

All in all, however, it's about time.

Jow Blow - Unregistered

February 08, 2008 4:46 PM


Tony George has the biggest ego in all of racing. Without his track in Indiana there would be no irl.

Champ has superior road and closed curcuit courses, better drivers who jump to F1 and F1 drivers who jump to Champ, a superior chasis in the DP01 and a better feeder series in Atlantic.

Not a merger, a takeover. Tony George is single handedly responsible for destroying open wheel racing in N.A.

Don - Unregistered

February 08, 2008 5:02 PM

Considering the split should have never happened, a merger needs to happen. Before the split, CART was big. This might make Bernie a little nervous.

I don't like the idea of running those ugly and slower IRL cars, and they need to have many more Champ Car events on the schedule. In the end, it will be the best thing for the health Open Wheel.



FooAtari .

February 08, 2008 5:51 PM
Last Edited 2456 days ago

It's about time. This needs to happen.

All the split did was help Nascar's popularity. I quite enjoyed ChampCar and IRL last year, but both run sub 20 car fields which is a little on the low side. A single premier open wheel racing series in the US with a big field and a nice mix of ovals, closed circuits and street races would be great.

And hopefully the would mean the end of the stupid rule that stops drivers defending the corner in Champ Car.

melonfarmer - Unregistered

February 08, 2008 6:21 PM

Last year's IRL was CART lite - the same great variety of circuits, just a shame about the cars. It's not their fault, but the Dallara does remind me of a '70s McLaren for some reason.

I will give the IRL credit for bringing back the amazing Infineon raceway (Sear's point) and Watkin's Glen.

Any guesses on car counts? I can't imagine it will be the high 30s that the current sum of the two series would produce. Probably a good time for Tony to scale back the multi car Vision squad? Champ car teams will still have to run 2 cars to qualify for the $1.2m.

Honestly, I have been hoping for this for a long time.

fungalo - Unregistered

February 08, 2008 6:59 PM

the merger is great,BUT lets not make it happen till 2009.that way all the panoz chassis(what are left of them)can be destroyed(see paul tracy)and all the travel plans contracts so forth made for the year wont be messed up.Whats the big hurry anyway? :? :p

scuderus - Unregistered

February 09, 2008 6:25 AM

I may be biased being an Australian and exposed more to the CCWS but with the IRL due for a new chassis within 18 months wouldnt it make sense for the IRL teams to swith to the panoz/cosworth car. As Don said the IRL car aside from being slower and older does nothing for anyone I know in the looks and technical interest departments.

melonfarmer - Unregistered

February 09, 2008 11:52 AM

On second thoughts, it does seem a bit late in the day for 2008. There probably aren't enough Panoz CCWS chassis around to suggest using them on street/road courses (about 60% of schedule?) and the old Dallaras on ovals, but Derrick Walker does say that you effectively need 2 cars for the IRL. The Panoz CCWS car was designed to FIA/F1 crash spec, but re-engineering it for ovals would be a non starter.

The driver market will be a riot if it does go ahead for 2009 - the silly season will be all year long. At least they won't have to argue on who runs the #1 plate. Did Dixon run the #1 in 2004 when Ganassi/Toyota got creamed?

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