• Feb 22, 2008
We had just reported that an agreement to reunite the estranged U.S. open wheel racing series of the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series was all but inked, and now it is officially official. The two sides have issues a press release revealing the IRL founder and CEO Tony George, who occasioned the split in the first place, and the owners of Champ Car have officially signed a deal to bring the two series together again. We reported already on all of the logistical hurdles that had to be jumped, not the least of which is combining the season schedules of both series. It appears that all of the wrinkles have been ironed out, and both sides will be presenting the nitty gritty details in a press conference that's just listed as "forthcoming".
Will the joined series be a force once again in motorsports? F1 is considered the pinnacle of racing on a global scale, and NASCAR is the WWE of car racing with legions of fans, while even the Le Mans Series, particularly the ALMS, has grown to become an extremely well respected series. As such, we're both curious and cautious when it comes to making predictions about open-wheel racing in the U.S., but are glad these once warring factions have buried the proverbial hatchet and will get back to racing. Thanks to everyone who sent us this tip!

[Source: IndyCar.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr.Neff,

      You might not like NASCAR racing, you certainly have the right to. But calling it the WWE is a slap in the face. It's no more fixed than your sophisticated F1 racing. As the editor of a noted car blog i find it insulting to many of your readers including me.

      As for the merger of IRL & Champ....about damn time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Easy there tiger, most NASCAR fans know it's not fully on the 'up and up' and don't care. Get off your high horse (even if you are a 'blog editor') and sit in the stands once in while...you might actually learn something from the people you report to represent.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I follow more F1 than NASCAR, but even I found the jab insulting. I got what they were trying to do (WWE is insanely popular as is NASCAR), but it still made it sound like less of a racing series than the others mentioned.

        Every race series has bent the rules slightly to make the whole of the series competitive (yes even F1) and will continue to do so in order to attract and maintain fans. NASCAR, I think, has been a bit more open with its changes than other series and as such has more to scrutinize.

        Regardless, a better comparison could have been made involving NASCAR
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really hope this works out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congratulations!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great news! But I just looked at the schedule and still see Motegi in April. What about Long Beach??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bout time. I might actually start watching these again, if the racing is good. Still not a fan of the ovals though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've just quit watching NASCAR, to much "same old, Same old"! I did see a replay of the two Dodges winning the Daytona 500! they had to work for it! they'll have to really be up for the Cailfornia race Sunday! Jeff gordon and Jr. will be running the experimental engines Nascar just turns their back on during regular inspections!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be a great thing to see the IRL cars run at Daytona, following the same ROLEX 24 road course and then go through the track and around the roads that go in front and behind the race track next to the airport on Williamson Ave, Midway Ave. and back to International Speedway Blvd. What do you all think and, if you have the time, please check it out on google maps and see that immense and exciting possibility?
      KyToyota
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe open wheel racing can become more popular here in the states. Still more of a NASCAR fan but racing is racing. V-8 Supercar from down under id pretty cool as is CORR.

      P.S. Can we be adults in all the blogs, I mean come on, if you hate NASCAR. then leave it alone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      THANK YOU GOD!

      i've been a fan of CART back in its heyday (90-00) and was sad when all the known CART teams bolted to run in circles. what i'd like to know is what chassis and engines are they going to run, because Champ Car just got the Panoz with the paddle shifters a'la F1 and still continue to use a 2.65L turbo V8. i would love to see a non-spec series and have at least three engine manufacterers duke it out every race.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It appears that unfortunately they will be using the IRL cars and not the Champ Car vehicles. There is no comparison between the two cars. I was so hoping the Tony George would pull his head out and use the better of the cars and that this would be a true merging of both series and not just him absorbing teams as he finally crushed CART/Champ Car.

      Had he done this the right way, it could have made open wheel racing in the US exciting again, but it will still be more of the same and some of the Champ Car teams will be added to the boring racing of the IRL.

      I long for the days when there where more than 33 teams trying to get into every race and then there were always 33 cars in every race, not this disappointing 22 or less cars on the track.

      Oh well, I guess I will stick to F1 and Nascar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car needs a makeover -- like bad... IRL cars are stuck in the 90's! I think i heard it once described as a wood block jammed through a pencil sharpener... Superspeedway aero can be mucked around, but the car needs to look sexy first.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I get the same feeling when I see these cars. I understand they dont have as much money as F1 but come on
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love Le Mans, trying to get into F1
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sticking to Formula One races ;)
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