Good morning friends, and fasten your seatbelts! This is final approach.
Unification talks continue
Joint statement: The ongoing talks between the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series will continue into at least (Feb. 22) in regards to the unification of open-wheel racing.
Any confirmation will be made once an agreement is in place. There are no plans for a news conference at this time. Much progress has been made toward unifying the sport. - IndyCar.com
Open-wheel racing still had two series after meetings between owners of the Indy Racing League and the Champ Car World Series ended Thursday night.
Another round of meetings is scheduled for today, according to IRL spokesman Fred Nation.
Nation said there is no cause for concern even though a news conference planned for this morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was put on hold.
"Absolutely not," he said. "They made a heck of a lot of progress, but they're not over the hump yet." - IndyStar
“I don’t think there’s any fatal problem, they just didn’t quite get everything done,” said Fred Nation, the IMS vice president of communications.
“They stopped for the evening and they’ll resume in the morning.” - SpeedTV
The final details of the deal, according to David Higdon, executive vice-president of strategic development for Champ Car, were being put together last night by George and Kalkhoven.
"Kevin and Tony George met yesterday to finalize an agreement that all sides wanted to see happen," Higdon told Sun Media in a phone interview from Indianapolis, where the talks took place.
"There will be a public announcement tomorrow," he said. - Toronto Sun
IRL officials have made arrangements to stage a press conference to confirm and detail the open-wheel "merger" when terms are finally agreed. However, with the series' official media day scheduled for Tuesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, they may decide to delay the announcement until then.
The IRL's first open test session of the season occurs February 27-28 at Homestead's 1.5-mile oval, followed by four days of road course testing at Sebring International Raceway in Florida on March 3-6. - ESPN
In the meantime, look to Curt Cavin's blog for updated "absorption" and power-broker breakfast information.
"Can you merge me now?"
UPDATE: Cavin says Kalkhoven has left the building, as well as the city.
Curt's note: My guy in the sky said KK's plane left Indy at 11:41 a.m., according to flight logs. Guess that means no announcement today. Still waiting on word from the IRL.
No conmfirmation on whether or not Anthony Fedele was on that plane.
UPDATE 2: Cavin is simply on fire.
Kalkhoven could not be reached for comment, and George admitted to being "anxious" that details are still not resolved after a lengthy dinner meeting Thursday night at a downtown restaurant....tick...tick...tick...
"We're still not where we need to be, and the more time passes the more challenging it becomes," he said.
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