Without a dictator such as
a Bernie Ecclestone or a Bill France to tell it want it should be, CART
appears stuck in a quandary, trying to figure out which owner,
manufacturer, or sponsor to appease next. Since the split with the
IRL, CART has tried to redefine itself, and although it is to be commended
for surviving in the face of extreme adversity, its future direction is somewhat
It isn't part of the Indy 500, it's USA TV ratings are
declining and it's soon to be without its most popular President and CEO
to date, Bobby Rahal. On top of that, one of its engine manufacturers,
Mercedes, recently withdrew from the series, its TV contract is up
for renewal, and the search for Rahal's
replacement has yet to turn up the ideal person for the job, at least one
who is willing to take the position.
It seems everyone has an
opinion of what CART should be (including us), yet sometimes we feel CART
itself doesn't know who it is. It tries to be everything to
everybody. It doesn't have a clear direction.
American or international?
Oval or road course?
Foreign drivers or
Turbocharged or Naturally
Aspirated? And so on....
CART appears to be
floundering, uncertain of its future. Fortunately there is hope! We have not seen a 5 or 10 year strategic business plan
so we doubt one exists. What we present below are what we feel are
the issues that make CART what it is or isn't, and an analysis of each.
CART is or isn't
#1 - CART is a World
Let's start with
the series title. The FIA now recognizes CART as a World
Championship, so why not use that title? CART's new title should be the 'CART FedEx World
Championship Series'. Likewise, F1 will continue to be known as the
'F1 World Championship Series'. It's a subtle way
for CART to say we are a 'world championship', and that in itself is
CART's Mission is Let's define
what we believe CART's Mission Statement should be:
"The CART FedEx World
Championship Series will
strive to be the premier open wheel racing series in the world. Our
goal will be to provide the most competitive open wheel racing on a wide variety of oval and road courses worldwide.
Our cars (Champ Cars) shall always be among the most sophisticated and powerful open
wheel race cars in the world. We will continually
strive to provide a fair and competitive environment for our drivers, our
teams, our sponsors and our business partners; and to
demand that our race circuits, rules & regulations, teams and drivers
meet the highest level of standards. We will never lose sight
of the fact that our fans are our customers, to which we are forever
grateful, always mindful, and never forgotten."
#3 - CART is
without a strong leader One has to remember why CART was formed
in the first place. CART was a group of very prominent
team owners who were not satisfied with the way the sport was being
run under USAC. They did not like being told what to do, and
worse yet, they were being paid very little in the way of prize
money for the large investments they were making into the
sport. So in 1979 they broke away and formed CART. Since
that day CART has been essentially run by committee. There
have been a series of Presidents running the CART, but for all intents and
purposes, it was the CART board, i.e. the team owners, who were
calling all the shots that mattered. The President essentially
handled the administrative duties and carried out the wishes of the
board. I've followed CART since day one and it succeeds despite itself.
It's survived a string of presidents with personal agenda's, mistakes like
losing PPG that would kill a lesser series, and angered many who have done
business with them.....managing to piss off the Hulman George family to the
point they rather risk the reputation of the Indy 500 than work with CART.
The original CART white paper written by Dan Gurney had the concept right.
They were rebelling against a large board that micro managed USAC, yet
that is exactly what CART is today. CART needs a powerful, forward looking President.
Someone who is the guardian of the sport not just a guy looking for CART's next golden parachute.
CART folks are good people with a great series and they deserve better. It's taken
a long time to damage and will take a long time to fix. CART is to be commended for
being so open with everything, willing to listen to everyone's opinion in
an attempt to always reach a consensus. Unfortunately, consensus
building takes time, and in this fast paced sport, if you blink, you
lose. It took NASCAR all but 30-minutes to change the size of
the restrictor plates at Talladega last weekend when it was deemed that
speeds were too high. Can you image CART changing turbo boost
pressure between qualifying and the race? With the current structure
in place CART will continue to rule by committee, be slow to react, and
indecisive when it does. The CART board needs to put a strong leader
in place and, as hard as it will be for them to let go, give that person
almost carte blanc authority to run the series as they see fit. But
who is that person, and will the Board be willing to let go? I
nominate Bernie Ecclestone, though we doubt he would take the job. CART should avoid
direct comparison with F1, but CART can learn a lot from Bernie
Ecclestone. A fan recently said - "For better or worse I think the global phenomenon that is "Big Formula One" can be laid at
Bernie Ecclestone's doorstep. Whether you want to label him a "promoter", a "showman", an "impresario", whatever, Bernie has brought about F1's "success" through marketing savvy.
If Ecclestone had not found his niche in motorsports, I have no doubt he would have made a formidable media executive. In short, Bernie's accomplishment has been to organize and package F1 in a highly impressive way and sell it to the world. To my eyes, he has concentrated on two key elements (besides his underlying organization of the sport) to do this: each Formula One race is an "event," usually one of "its" country's top-3 sporting events, and the concept of a World Championship."
CART needs a Bernie Ecclestone........now!
#4 - CART is
overwhelmed by NASCAR's domination NASCAR has saturated the American racing market with its Winston Cup,
Busch and Truck series, all to the detriment of open wheel racing. Invariably,
whenever CART or the IRL compete at tracks that also hold Winston Cup
events, the grandstands are only 30% full. Between NASCAR and other
sports, race fans near these venues either have very little money left to
spend on open wheel racing, or they choose not too. There is a
saturation of NASCAR related TV programs as well. Race news shows such
as ESPN's RPM2Night or TNN's Raceday do nothing more than grease the
NASCAR marketing steamroller. Case in point - week in and week out RPM2Night's 'Open Wheel Wednesday' is nothing more than shot after shot of
cars flipping and crashing, a subtle way of portraying open wheel racing
in a negative light. On the other hand, they feature at least one
live NASCAR driver interview per show and glamorize everything about
NASCAR. NASCAR recently signed a very lucrative TV contract,
netting NASCAR over $100 million in revenues annually. By contrast,
CART gets a paltry $5 million for its TV contract. NASCAR's $100 million deal with Turner and AOL to produce and maintain
their website is another big windfall. In
short, with all that revenue, NASCAR is poised to completely
dominate the USA racing scene for a very very long time. Therefore,
why go head-to-head with the goliath of oval track racing, when you are certain to come out
bloodied, battered and beaten? Find a
niche where you can succeed and build on it NASCAR is OVAL track
racing in the USA. Period. End of story. Lick your
wounds and carry on. CART must cement its status as the premier road
racing series in North America, and build upon that. Lock up Road
Atlanta, downtown Miami, San Francisco, Montreal and Manhattan. But don't stop there,.......read more.
#5 - CART isn't a
true international series....yet!
What about overseas? CART is viewed as largely a domestic series,
with an occasional overseas foray. Can it ever hope to gain
international acceptance on the same level as F1, or will it just be
riding F1's coattails? F1 limits itself to 16 or 17 races per year.
Many tracks and
countries want a major race event such as F1 or CART, but can't get
one. CART has met with quite a bit of success outside the borders of
the USA, and in 2001, when CART goes to Mexico, England and Germany, it
will be clear to everyone just how popular CART has become. Whereas
F1 is technically superior to CART, and for the moment, far more
glamorous, CART races are more competitive, and in the long run,
potentially more appealing to the worldwide masses. F1 has become so
expensive, one wonders how well it will do should an economic recession
strike. What happens when F1 sponsors see that CART can be a strong
player in the international arena and require a budget 1/10th the
size? Will Compaq, an American company, pull its money from the
Williams team and sponsor a CART team instead? Will a company like
BMW realize it has a better chance of winning in CART where it can supply
engines to 8 or 10 cars rather than just 2 cars in F1? Will F1
promoters realize they can host a CART race for 1/3 the cost of a F1 venue
and actually make money? CART must become a bigger player in
the international arena, an arena that is not stifled by NASCAR. The world thirsts for races F1 can't hope to
provide. We refer you to our recent article
'Will CART miss this boat too?" for some insight on where CART should
be racing overseas.
- CART isn't in tune
with the TV and print media Many complain that ABC/ESPN have done a mediocre job for CART,
blaming all of CART's woes on TV. While it's quite evident their allegiance has been
to NASCAR, it wasn't always that way. When ESPN started getting heavy into CART in 1983 it was intended
that CART would become the prime motorsport on the network. At ABC as late as 1989,
NASCAR was secondary to CART. NASCAR grew the sport externally of TV.
Within TV, NASCAR worked with TV extensively. NASCAR hired former network big wigs to
consult the TV product like Niel Pielson former CBS President. CART hired local TV people from Detroit. NASCAR makes sure events fit time slots.
NASCAR makes sure drivers are available to the press and public. NASCAR has 28 people
working on popular press coverage. The ratings of a series are based on the series
itself. NASCAR is popular today (though ratings and attendance are falling)
because NASCAR understood it's audience and worked it well. Track NASCAR in
the major daily newspapers. They know how to get space, CART gets almost
none! NASCAR is where it is because it is good at marketing it's product. NASCAR works
carefully with their TV networks to assure the coverage works instead of blaming
them for every problem. Having said all that, CART
still needs a TV
partner that is truly willing to grow the series and we hope ABC/ESPN
can become that partner. ESPN helped to grow NASCAR when NASCAR got
started on TV, and now that NASCAR has awarded their TV contract to
NBC and FOX, one would think that ABC and ESPN would be willing
players with CART, having been betrayed by NASCAR. However, ABC also
has a strong allegiance (and contracts)
to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony George and the IRL. And
what about guys like Dr. Jerry Punch and Bill Weber? Where are they going
when NASCAR leaves? Will they move over to NBC or FOX, or will
they be available for CART broadcasts? We know Bill Weber still
has a contract with ESPN. We don't know about Jerry
Punch. Are they even on
CART's radar screen in their negotiations with ABC/ESPN? These guys both file stories about issues involving NASCAR for RPM2Night that are
quite believable, interesting, and often heartwarming. They put NASCAR on a pedestal and make you believe it.
Jerry's driver medical reports as a 'Doctor' are spot on. They should continue to do for CART what they currently do for NASCAR on RPM2Night next
year (along with Jon Beekhuis, Marlo Klain and Robin Miller). Jerry
Punch would be a great addition to the race broadcasts working the pits
with Gary Gerold and Jon Beekhuis. And please, let's get both of them to do the 'Inside CART' shows.
They bring a passion to the sport (and hence to the fans) that CART needs.
Although research shows that the announcers have very little to do with
the ratings, if we
were running CART, both Punch and Weber would have been locked up
with hefty retainers as soon as NASCAR announced that ABC/ESPN had
lost their TV contract. It's all those little things that
count in the big picture.
- CART isn't
passionate It's called passion. NASCAR has
it. Formula One has it. CART doesn't. NASCAR fans are very passionate
favorite driver. A majority of F1 fans are passionate for Ferrari or
for the driver from their country.
What are CART fans passionate about, especially CART's American fans?
Some think CART has too many foreign drivers and not enough American
drivers, and that turns American's away. On the surface this statement seems true,
especially since CART still runs a majority of races in the USA, and
NASCAR, which is 100% American, is a huge success. One might argue
that CART's USA TV ratings would be higher if more American drivers were in
the series. However, we doubt that the addition of even 5 more American's
would make a dent in the TV numbers, at least not immediately.
There are a lot of other factors holding CART's TV numbers down, but it is
fan apathy that is probably the most important. Although
we are seeing more flag waving in the grandstands (ala F1), it seems it's
the foreign fans that have all the enthusiasm for their countrymen. Canadians cheered Tracy in Vancouver.
Colombian fans only have one driver, Juan Montoya, to cheer for, yet they make more noise
in the grandstands then
the rest of the fans combined. Mexicans cheer Fernandez. The Tifosi cheers
Ferrari with red Ferrari flags and loud horns. Americans? For
the most part they
just sit there quietly. It was great to see the crowd in Houston
chanted USA! USA! USA! for the American winner Jimmy Vasser after the
race. CART needs more of that. CART needs excitement, a
rivalry. There is much rivalry in NASCAR. Earnhardt vs. Martin
vs. Gordon vs. Labonte. NASCAR
promotes conflict where CART stops it. Dale Earnhardt will attack Ford so that Ford guys will attack
his Chevy. NASCAR
fans are vociferous, noisy and
emotional. They wear their favorite driver on their shirts and their
car number on their rear windows. CART has a Nations Cup, but it fails to
capitalize on the rivalry between nations. As CART goes more
international, its diverse culture is actually an asset. CART should purchase some air
horns (again ala F1), thousands of flags (especially
USA flags) representing the various countries, and hand them out to the
fans at each race. Let them cheer their countrymen on. Get
those loud air horns blowing in the grandstands. It's time to light
a fire under the American fans. If ever a sports team needed
cheerleaders, CART's American drivers certainly do. Each time
Montoya takes the lead at Fontana next weekend, the Colombians will get
up, wave their flags, stomp their feet, and cheer. Each time
Andretti takes the lead will Americans do likewise? Will we see the
American flags waving next year in Germany, right next to the Brazilian
flag, the Union Jack, and Mexican flag? CART needs to play the
country vs. country, driver vs. driver card much stronger. Like F1,
CART is an Olympic battlefield where national pride is on the line.
#8 - CART isn't
stock car racing Passing - NASCAR has it, CART and F1
doesn't. Does the lack of passing on CART's road and street circuits
(and this year the ovals too) explain CART's poor TV
ratings? The IRL only
races on ovals and most of their races are on network TV. Their TV
ratings are atrocious too. All sporting events have been hit with
steady downward TV ratings and CART is no different. TV is saturated
with a multitude of sports and open wheel racing is a niche sport, far
from from being considered mainstream like Football, Baseball and NASCAR.
CART's oval track races get the same poor ratings as its road and street
races. There is no data that supports the theory that fans don't
tune into CART on TV because of the lack of road racing passes. Compared
to F1, CART provides a lot of passing, and contrary to what many Americans
might think, worldwide F1 is by far more popular than even NASCAR.
Certainly more passing would help CART, but if Bernie Ecclestone can sell
F1 which has almost no passing, one would think that CART can sell even
better. What would NASCAR do in this situation? Of course they
would change the rules to promote passing, but they would also sit down
with the TV people and come up with a way to dramatize what it takes to
pull off a pass, and how skillful the driver is who can. They would point
out the intricacy's of making a pass, dramatize the details...the braking,
the downshifting, the difficulty. They would turn the problem around
and make the fans believe a 'pass' is something to be marveled
Champ car and F1 drivers have a difficult
time pulling off passes because the turbulence from the car directly
in front spoils the downforce generated by the front and rear wings
of the car attempting to pass. If CART wants to develop an aerodynamic package that will produce better
racing over the long haul, we recommend they invest in some research and
do it right this time. CART should help fund the research into the idea of higher
underwing downforce (see recent article). The ability of drivers to pass on the
race track directly affects CART and its ability to justly portray itself as the pinnacle of exciting open-wheeled racing.
CART needs a good show to stay in business so it is CART who should pay.
Given CART races on such a wide variety of circuits, the two objectives of the research would be:
Detailed study of the circuits (computer simulation) to
catalog the effect of running different levels of downforce/drag/horsepower on each
track. This data should be summarized and then an identification be
made of the desired number (four ?) of different packages to adequately cover the
requirements of CART's four type of tracks . Rather than go into
scientific details, what we are looking for is basically the need to ensure that the
cars are generally grip-limited in the turns without an excessive horsepower-surplus available on corner exit (otherwise either any fool can
drive them, or would be quite likely to spin on exit). This would take an expert
group about 3-months.
For at least two of these
"downforce-packages"; determine what level of total downforce
that it will take for better racing if the vast majority of the downforce is created by the
underwing. This requires wind
tunnel testing to match the options, followed by at least two full-size cars
(manufactured or modified from existing/old chassis) and several track
tests. This would take an expert group about 6-months.
The end result would be a package that is more
conducive to passing. Open wheel racing never featured as much
passing as NASCAR stock cars, never has and never will. But
that's not to say there isn't room for improvement.
- CART is surviving the CART/IRL split Tony
George was banking on CART failing when he created the IRL, hoping that
all the sponsors would abandon CART for the chance to be at the Indy
500. That never happened as its sponsors see CART, with its
international events, a far better bang for the buck than a purely
domestic series, even if that domestic series includes the Indy 500.
CART can and will continue to survive without the Indy 500,
but it must strive to let go of the weaker races and replace them with
renowned events. If it loses one engine manufacturer, it must strive
to get another to replace it. If it loses one driver to F1, it must
strive to get an even better one back. If it loses one sponsor it
must strive to gain two.
#10 - CART isn't
a spectacle OK, so CART doesn't have the Indy
500. Should it just roll over and play dead? NASCAR
has the "No Bull 5". In selected races, the top 5 finishers qualify for a $1 million dollar bonus if they can win
the next designated No Bull 5 race. There are 4 or 5 of those races per year, and they
rotate the tracks and races through the schedule. The $1 million bonus has been won 3 or 4 times in the last few
years. NASCAR has a play money launcher that they use and whenever someone wins they fire all kids of play money into the air off a
moving truck, showering the place with money fluttering in the breeze. Quite a
vision! CART has already said they want to build their series in 22
Indy 500's. That's fine, but why can't CART talk, say a VISA, into
sponsoring a No Bull 5 type promotion; something to make selected races
more exciting.....a spectacle.
#11 - CART isn't
lazy racing, or is it? In this previous
article we addressed the issue of CART's HP dilemma. Some
say Champ cars are getting too fast for the oval tracks. When
one examines the HP to weight ratio of a Champ car vs. a F1 car, one can
easily see that either a Champ car has too little HP, or it weighs too
much. At around 1,700 pounds (with
driver) Champ cars are overweight when compared to 1,323 pound (with
driver) F1 cars. F-1: 825 HP/1323 Lb. = 0.623 HP/Lb.; CART:
900 HP/1700 Lb. = 0.529 HP/Lb. No wonder guys like Zanardi found F1 cars so hard to adapt
too. Their incredible braking, cornering speeds and fast
acceleration require the reflexes of young drivers, the best of the
best. Perhaps CART should put the Champ cars on diets to bring their
weight closer to that of a F1 car, and to slow them on Superspeedways,
require them to run ballast, slightly lower boost, and a Handford Device
with an even bigger vertical rear endplate (i.e. a parachute so to speak)
to further limit their terminal velocity. Image the hole in the air
that wing would make? And you thought this years Michigan 500 had a
lot of passing? No, Champ Cars don't have too much
HP, especially on road and street circuits. Champ cars do everything slower than a F1 car
(accelerate, brake and corner) leading Niki Lauda to call American racing
'lazy racing'........sloooow motion. If CART is going to compete in
the international arena, its cars had better perform somewhat on par with
F1 cars. Champ cars now must weigh 1,550 LBS without driver.
To start I would propose Champ cars be made to weigh 1,550 LBS with the
driver. That's a weight reduction of about 150 LBS of the 400 LB
difference. They still won't be as nimble as a F1 car, but it's a
start. One point to remember here is that the amount of energy a car
hits a wall is directly proportional to its weight/mass, but it is
proportional to its velocity squared (See this article
for a more detailed explanation). Reducing the weight will cause
corner speeds to go up, hence why we suggested ballast for the oval tracks
to keep the oval track cornering speeds no higher than they are
today. As for the HP, CART should strive to keep it between 850 and
900, but no more. That is best controlled by tweaking the turbo
boost. See #12 below. Frank Williams said to the European press
recently that he was embarrassed that Champ Cars had more HP (900 vs. 820)
than F1 cars. It's those kind of statements that bring a little
intrigue to the CART series......the anticipation that the fastest cars in
the world are coming to Europe in 2001.
#12 - CART's heritage
is turbocharged Should CART drop the turbo engines and adopt a naturally aspirated
engine for 2003 and beyond? The fans don't want
CART to dumb down their engines just to get back to Indy, and the CART
manufacturers don't want that either. NASCAR, the IRL and F1 all run
naturally aspirated engines, and a F1 engine is certainly sophisticated
enough. Why is CART still turbocharged? Because
the engine manufacturers still feel the 1.8 liter, 55
inches of boost (as opposed to the current 2.65 liter 40 inches of boost),
turbocharged engine is the way to go for CART. That proposal was
The 1.8 liter formula will be good for at least 10 years, i.e. rules stability
Speeds can be controlled by reducing boost pressure gradually each year
It allows the manufacturers the freedom to challenge their engineers
technically, without all the restrictions imposed by a NASCAR or an IRL
type engine formula. As at least two manufacturer's have stated, CART can choose to
change to a low tech formula and it will be up to us to decide whether we
stay or go.
They have invested a lot of research in turbocharged engines and
they don't want to throw all that away with say a normally aspirated or
air restricted engine program that requires totally different research
The sound of Turbocharged engines are an important part of CART's
Turbochargers muffle the sound enough so Champ Cars can race on
street circuits, something CART has plenty of. The new 3.5 liter,
180-degree crank IRL engines may sound better than the 4.0 liter 90 degree
crank engines, but they are still too loud for street racing.
They are sound reasons for staying with a Turbo engine,
but one naturally aspirated engine idea we had keeps on resurfacing. Instead of switching to
the big and heavy 3.5 liter, RPM restricted IRL engine, just suppose CART
were to switch to the 3.0 liter V-10 engine formula, ala F1. With
restrictions on exotic materials, outrageous electronics and perhaps RPM
limits (so they can last 500 miles, though still above 16,000 RPM), what
would it take for some of the F1 engine manufacturers to come up with an
engine for CART. We discussed this concept with a few current CART engine reps
who thought those engines, though cheaper than their F1 counterpart,
would still be far too expensive for CART. Perhaps that is true, but
the thought of a Ferrari or a BMW building CART engines is enticing.
Can you imagine the Tifosi in the grandstands at a CART race? We
can. Would the manufacturers then be able to spread their development
costs across both series to produce a somewhat economical engine?
Let's face it, F1 engines are way too expensive and the slightest drop-off
in the economy may force more than one of them out of F1. How do they
justify spending $200 million annually to produce engines for a 2-car
team? Unless CART is willing convince the FIA to
adopt a common, more economical, V-10 engine formula that both CART and F1 can use, we
recommend CART go with the 1.8 liter turbo engine for the reasons stated
above. They should absolutely avoid the IRL engine spec.
Foreign race fans are bred on the high-tech world of F1. An IRL
engine in a Champ Car will give the Niki Lauda's of the world more
ammunition to demean CART.
CART is road racing
NASCAR is to oval racing what CART is to road racing. Road races are somewhat follow-the-leader and boring to many. Why
then, should CART become
primarily a road racing series?
CART's road racing attendance has been up every year for the last 8 or 10,
while its oval track attendance continues its downward spiral. The
trend is well defined and the pattern consistent. The fans have
spoken loud and clear. If they want to attend an oval race, NASCAR
is their first choice. If we want to attend a road race, CART is
their choice. Perhaps road races are boring to the born and bred NASCAR fans who consider a
race such as Talladega as the crème-de-la crème of the sport. To them, open wheel racing doesn't even
exist. On the other hand, road race fans understand that their form of racing puts a
premium on driver skill, whereas oval track racing puts a premium on the
car and its setup. They appreciate the difficulty in pulling off a
pass on a road course as compared to an oval. Whereas, Americans
look to NASCAR, and hence ovals, to fulfill their excitement, American
road racing fans, and fans elsewhere in the world (where oval racing is
nonexistent), consider road racing the ultimate form of motorsports.
CART's road races both inside and outside of the USA
(Toronto, Vancouver, Surfers and soon to be Rio and Mexico) are
spectacular hits. The record attendance seen at these races, plus
that seen at F1 road races, underscore their worldwide popularity. NASCAR's failure in Japan underscores the worldwide lack of interest in
America's most popular form of racing. NASCAR is very much an
American thing. Champ cars look like F1 cars, and outside the USA open wheel racing
(CART and F1) is viewed as the ultimate form of motorsports.
|#14 - CART
Mention CART to someone on the street and you will likely get a huh,
what's that you say? Mention NASCAR and the response is yeah,
I know what you mean. We are not particularly fond of the name
'CART' as a racing series, 'IndyCar' of course was much better, far
more recognizable. Unfortunately CART lost the right to use
that name when the IRL was formed. Ditto for Champ Cars.
Everyone knows what a F1, Stock Car, or Indy Car is, but say 'Champ
Car' and you will get the same huh, what's that you say,
reaction. Hopefully once the new movie DRIVEN is
released the CART and Champ Car names will be better
recognized by the average Joe on the street. If CART isn't
planning a yearlong media blitz around that movie, shame on
them. NASCAR would milk it for all it's worth.
Unfortunately this is going to take money, lots of it. Is CART
willing to dig into its coiffeurs and spend the money it takes to do
it right, or will they throw penny's at it in the hope that it
miraculously takes care of itself?
In closing, whereas NASCAR pays attention to competition
details and makes hard calls, CART worries about stock prices. CART rules are
made by owners. NASCAR makes the rules and owners damn well follow them.
Whereas NASCAR works with TV to make the productions better, CART blames
TV. NASCAR got where they are by working at it. CART is where is is despite
itself. CART is a good series that can be great. It just needs
to understand what it is, but more importantly what it isn't. It
needs to recognize its shortcomings and then do something about
them. Understanding who they are is of course the first step.
What they do with it is entirely another matter.
The author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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must avoid Detroit's politics 6/20/00
ways for CART to invest $100
Juan wins Milwaukee pole
and Ganassi do CART proud
gets the Monkey off his back with 100th win at
year of progress shapes Rockingham
A solution for CART's franchise dilemma
nears completion, fighting hard to win CART date
Tracy keeps his Kool, wins LBGP for
is an American driver?
up at Nazareth
mph in a Champ Car is the ultimate adrenaline rush 11/29/99
Start Rules proposed standing start rules for CART 11/21/99
Starts are they right for CART 10/10/99