dophoto wrote in post #4976546
Well, are they still coming to Australia for Surfers Paradise?
Yes, Surfers Paradise is rumored to be one of the 3 Champ Car raaces to be incorporated into the IndyCar calendar - along with Long Beach, CA and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The only problem is the the IndyCar Series is contractually obligated to crown their champion at Chicagoland Speedway around the weekend of September 10 (I can't remember the exact date). So where does that leave Australia? Strongest rumors are that the race would be an exhibition race and not pay points towards the championship or that the race would be the official kick-off of the 2009 season. Details should be announced at a press conference next Tuesday or Wednesday.
klippe wrote in post #4976722
No surprises that things fell apart. I always thought that the original split was motivated by greed - and I think anything founded on greed is doomed to failure if the economic climate changes. (My opinion only though)
Great news that they are merging. Hopefully it does revive things somewhat.
This is obviously a source of great contention, at least here in the US where open wheel racing was the most popular series a few years before the split occurred. However, in my opinion, I think that the split was necessary and that the devastating consequence would have occurred with or without the split. The former CART management was in trouble and were losing the Indy 500 as the focal point of their league. Tony George could see that and formed his Indy Racing League to ensure that the Indy 500 would always remain that focal point. The ultimate collapse of CART/ChampCar proves that his theory was correct. Unfortunately, CART/ChampCar decided that going along without the Indy 500 was the way to go and the ensuing Civil War has been terrible for all. However, I truly believe that in the coming years (not likely this year) the unified series, with a focus on the Indy 500, will be able to prosper and grow back to where it was 15 years ago.