Since this weekend the IRL travels to Michigan, the Invisible Man is getting some rare publicity. Not only is he originally from Michigan (although he says he's more of a Californian) Herta is also the defending champion, defeating then teammate Well Done in 2005 by thismuch in a trademark IRL finish.
It seems Herta has seen better days in open-wheel racing and has a few thoughts regarding a possible league merger.
"I'm one of the older guys. My first year was 1994, before the split. I remember what Indy car was like. It was a lot better."
"I haven't seen anything to tell me that it's close or imminent or that it's going to happen for next year, which I wish it would."
"I don't get a vote. I get a steering wheel and a gas pedal, and that's all I have to worry about."
And don't you forget it, pal. This gives me an opportunity to pass on some recent merger-related quotes from the Champ Car side.
"Obviously it was a big hoax. It was signed, sealed and delivered, but it was all a hoax. There's lots of things in the media that get blown out of proportion. It's going to take time. I don't see it happening next year.'' - Driver Paul Tracy
"If the driver's business card said `businessman' on them as opposed to `driver,' their opinions should be sought. But I'm not going to teach them to drive cars and they're not going to teach me to run businesses.'' - Champ Car series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven
Feel the love. Also note the Mercury News reports of strong but declining year-over-year attendance numbers for the recent Champ Car race in Edmonton, along with the hint of inflated totals.