Here's a breaking news scoop no one has reported. While every reporter is off celebrating The Year of the Rat, your humble host has been checking out the Panther Racing Q&A. And what nugget of information is there to find?
Q. You’ve flirted with possibly being a one-car team this season, how is that looking right now? No deal for PJ Chesson?
A. (2-8-08) It’s safe to say now that Panther will be a one-car team in 2008, at least until the Indy 500, where we would likely expand to a two-car operation.
There's no info to prove this, but it can't help but be pondered how many potential drivers have sponsors who are now sitting on the sidelines waiting for a post-unification racing world. With all of the frothy anticipation in recent weeks you can't blame a sponsor for waiting to see if they can't get more bang for their buck by simply delaying any program by a year. 2008 may be good, but 2009 will most certainly mean more tracks, more competitors and presumably more race fans.
In the meantime, Vitor is literally THE man for the Panther Pack. Bummer for PJ Chesson, as well as the rest of us.
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