Most Champ Car teams were told to quit working on their Panoz chassis Monday and expect delivery of their new cars in a few days. Paul Tracy is coming to Indianapolis later this week for a seat fitting. And one of Champ Car’s co-owners admitted to a fellow owner there would only be one series in 2008.After several weeks of Chicken Little-type reporting from all sorts of places it's probably best to wait for something - ANYTHING - official. Until you see the Champ Car site redirict to IndyCar.com, or a big red whit and blue ICS logo on the Champ Car team sites, or Gerry Forsythe sporting "I Am Indy" gear, it's not yet a done deal.
SPEEDtv.com has learned that the Indy Racing League and Champ Car have officially, and mercifully, agreed to become one entity. A press conference could come as early as Wednesday if Kevin Kalkhoven is back from England in time.
Following nearly two weeks of negotiations between Tony George, Gerry Forsythe and Kalkhoven, an agreement is in place to bring several Champ Car teams and a handful of races into the IRL domain. It’s believed attorneys from both sides worked all weekend to finalize some kind of arrangement for the two men who claimed CART’s assets in bankruptcy court in 2004.
George, who started the IRL in 1996 when CART was in its heyday, would not confirm any deal when contacted late Monday night. “While it is true that I continue to believe we at the threshold of something long-overdue, we have not yet stepped across it,” he said.
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39 days to Homestead.
UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, Curt Cavin's blog today starts off with this.
Curt's note: As of this morning, I don't have confirmation that a deal is done, but I believe it is. Stay tuned.
Hey, I believe in Santa Claus, but I still need the elves on record to confirm his existence. Imagine all of the auto racing reporters furiously talking at various voicemail boxes RIGHTNOW!
UPDATE 2: Speaking of long-standing animosity, I see that Fidel Castro has resigned. Coincidence?