Double Your Pleasure

Posted by Iannucci | 8/29/2006 | 5 comments »
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Following up on yesterday's item about CCWS chief Kevin Kalkhoven's meeting in Sonoma with IRL Officials, Robin Miller of SpeedTV reports they were discussing...doubleheaders?

It seems Mario Andretti and Honda's Robert Clarke were urging the the two series to consider staging an event featuring both the IRL and ChampCar on the same track, but in separate races. Kalkhoven was not terribly moved by the idea.

"We discussed the possibility of running a couple events together but I'm not real optimistic at this point."


OK, I really don't understand this idea. This seems like nothing more than maximum defiance on both parts. Why would race fans of either series go to watch both sets of drivers NOT COMPETE against each other? If they can get so far as to have them all on one track, why not figure out how to have 30+ cars race against each other?

I'm gonna keep this clean and say that's just half-donkeyed.

I can understand they would split the cost of hosting an event, but really this just seems silly. The casual fan would come out and see two races wondering who were the better drivers, which would really seem pointless in the long term for either series.

5 comments

  1. Jennifer Coomer // August 29, 2006 10:19 AM  

    While we're at it lets invite F1 (or a F and another # behind it) and make a road race extravaganza!

  2. Jahuti Rhys // August 29, 2006 11:41 AM  

    Now you're being silly, jennifer :-D

    It makes sense if the turbo boost on the Champ cars were reduced a bit so that their horsepower advantage is removed, to have them in the same race.
    But both the IRL and Champ cars chassis are pretty old designs as race cars go, and the new Panoz Champ car would out-class the IRL no matter what you do, so it wouldn't work next year.
    Still, as has been mentioned elsewhere, these guys need to put away their testicles and step aside.

  3. Joe // August 29, 2006 12:56 PM  

    It would at least show the fans (80% of whom voted for one series in a Wind Tunnel poll) that they're listening to them.

    That alone is worth something.

  4. Jahuti Rhys // August 31, 2006 9:32 AM  

    On further thought, why not simply adopt the new Panoz for everybody?
    It is obviously a much better race car than the cars currently in use in either series. "Power sharing" between the big dogs has already been agreed to, so what else is preventing reintegration?

  5. Joe // August 31, 2006 11:22 AM  

    IIRC, The new Panoz hasn't been crash-tested for ovals. I'd want to make sure it could handle a wreck at Texas of Michigan first.