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Posted by Iannucci | 2/26/2008 | 7 comments »
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Behold, the power of "free" racing.

The IndyCar Series could reach record participation if a Monday meeting at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an indication.

All nine of the Champ Car World Series teams were on hand for an introductory meeting with Indy Racing League officials.

Those nine teams accounted for 16 car-and-driver combinations last season. If most join the IRL, the league record of 31 cars for a race other than the Indianapolis 500could be approached.

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Sweet fancy Moses - do we have enough pit boxes at some of these venues?

Oh, by the way: "Plus, Tomas Scheckter and Sarah Fisher have part-time rides." The press conference for the Fisher Queen is scheduled for tomorrow, in addition to other press conferences declaring peace, love and the Homestead Accord.

7 comments

  1. faniqgearhead // February 26, 2008 8:50 AM  

    Also says Lloyd is getting farmed out to Vision, which means they've gone from 3 cars to 2 to (rumored) 1 to 2 back to 3 in the span of about three weeks.

    Jeff, I don't envy you on the nickname front.

  2. Tabernerus // February 26, 2008 8:59 AM  

    Wow. Just ... wow. This could be fantastic. I know that if they have 30 drivers in the field at Homestead, some of them will not run the whole season, either because they're part-time or because they just won't be able to keep up long-term. But a 30-car field for the opener would be one hell of a statement about the overall health of the sport, and more importantly, the potential future health of the sport. Wow!

  3. pressdog // February 26, 2008 9:25 AM  

    Before you get all frothy ... It doesn't cost anything to show up for a meetin'. Sponsorship is key. Good sign, but please continue to breathe through the nose.

  4. Tabernerus // February 26, 2008 9:40 AM  

    Sure, poop on the picnic blanket.

    *grin*

    Let me have this. It's been 12 freakin' years.

  5. mmack // February 26, 2008 10:26 AM  

    'Dog,

    I agree with tabernerus, let us have our fun for now. I mean, Jeff and I have to begrudgingly give ROBIN MILLER some respect now, for goodness sakes! Do you know how tough that is for us?

  6. SS Minnow // February 26, 2008 11:45 AM  

    It should be interesting to watch how the ecconomics play out in both the short and long term. I liken it to AT&T a bit. When you say it, what does it really mean? They still battle with an identity crisis from all their gyrations over the last 20+ years. Fortunately for them, they are a monopoly in many areas of the US and can't help but get business. I can only hope that there will be enough interest for all these guys to maintain a ride. What we need is a little luck and to see the taxi series to suffer through a couple more Fontanas between now and Homestead and maybe (BIG MAYBE) see a sponsor or two glance this way.

    Welcome to HELL!! Glad to see you all have your snowballs in hand. (At least we have a chance, right?)

    Johnny Optimistic

  7. Anonymous // February 26, 2008 10:50 PM  

    I love Johnny O/SS Minnow's optimism !!!

    and the comparison of IndyCar racing over the last 30 years to AT&T over the last 25 years is some what similar. And how cool/ironic would it be iif they get involved in the IndyCar Series.