Reports in America have suggested that sportscar organiser the Grand American Road Racing Series could add its name to the list of potential bidders for what remains of the bankrupt CART empire.

Grand-Am president Roger Edmondson told the Indianapolis Star newspaper that his group is considering a last-minute bid for the assets desired by the Open Wheel Racing Series [OWRS] consortium headed by team owners Gerry Forsythe, Kevin Kalkhoven and Paul Gentilozzi. Indy Racing League president Tony George is already know to have tabled a rival bid for the assets, which include vital contracts with event and circuit promoters.

Should it decide to make an offer, the International Speedway Corporation-owned Grand-Am would be a serious contender, but Edmondson could not tell reporters whether or not its bid would make it before Friday's 0930hrs deadline.

Champ Car team owner Gentilozzi admitted to the same newspaper that the ISC - which also owns NASCAR - and the IRL could be planning a joint swoop for the assets in order to put Champ Car Racing out of business. In contrast, OWRS has promised to continue the former CART series in its entirety.

Edmondson, however, insisted that Grand-Am would be bidding by itself, and would not try to help the IRL.

"I don't have a dog in that fight, and I don't want to be perceived as having one, either," Edmondson said, "We don't run in those circles."



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