The homeboy here in the Valley of the Sun is confirming he will "more than likely" be back in a familiar place for 2008. Time to pass around some flat-billed caps.
Buddy Rice - unlike Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. - is a recent Indianapolis 500 winner who is not NASCAR-bound.
His priority, though, will again be the IndyCar Series. "I'm close to signing a deal," Rice explained a few days ago. "More than likely I'm going to be back with the same team, Dreyer and Reinbold. Things aren't 100 percent finalized, but it's close."
Rice, who won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Racing, was ninth in points last season. He said the team has made crew changes to improve pit-stop performance and has spent time in a wind tunnel and on a chassis shaker rig developing its Dallara-Honda.
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