Unity? Re-Unifacation Talks On Hold

Several media outlets are reporting that the eleven-year war between
CART (now the Champ Car World Series) and the Indy Racing League may be
over. However before the armistice can be signed there is one hurdle to
overcome. had reported last month that IRL founder, Tony George
offered the Champ Car ownership of free Dallara chassis and Honda
engines to any CCWS organization that would commit to a full season.
Those teams would be eligible to receive $1.2 million per car as part of
the IRL’s new TEAM program. The Champ Car races at Long Beach, Edmonton
and Surfer’s Paradise, Australia would be added to the 2008 IndyCar
Series schedule. It looks like Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe, the
co-owners of Champ Car re-visited the issue and have reached an
agreement with IRL founder Tony George unify this year and combine to
race together this season.

However, one hurdle is in the way and the two entities are currently
working to resolve it. The IRL race at Motegi, Japan is set for the
weekend of April 18-20. The race coincides with the remaining pearl of
the CCWS which is the Long Beach Grand Prix. Robin Miller of reported that Jim Michaelian, LBGP president and general
manager said the race is locked into its date and cannot be moved due to
prior contract commitment with the Long Beach Convention Center.
Motegi, owned by Honda of Japan, also faces some challenges in
re-scheduling so Honda’s Robert Clarke, Champ Car’s Dick Eidswick,
Kalkhoven and George are desperately trying to find a solution.

There have been several reports of unity in the past, however, the
feedback CCWS must have heard when they thwarted the offer by Tony
George may have forced a second look. This story looks like it may have
teeth. The next few days should be interesting. Many open wheel fans
across the country have their fingers crossed.

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