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Atlantic cars might go to China ahead of Champ CarUPDATE We are hearing that Champ Car is still trying to make this happen. Given the situation in Beijing whereby 1) Goldenport does not have the money to upgrade its track only to see Champ Car move to the Olympic Village site in 2008, and 2) the Champ Car name is not well known, we don't see Champ Car racing in Beijing until the fall of 2008, after the 2008 Summer Olympics are over. Meanwhile, to introduce the Champ Car name in China and to begin to develop new Chinese drivers (Korean and Japanese too) we believe this idea to ship the existing Atlantic cars to Asia is brilliant, assuming the sponsorship is there to get the series off the ground. Unfortunately that would mean the Champ Cars won't be in China until 2008, but better late than sorry. Let's hope the Olympic Site is being laid out such that the race course can be a good one and not some Mickey Mouse twisty follow-the-leader layout. 10/13/05 We hear that talks are ongoing with the Chinese that could see the old Toyota Atlantic cars shipped to China to be used to form a new development series in and around China, including possible races in South Korea (to also develop South Korean drivers). Currently there is too large a step up in China and South Korea from Formula BMW Asia and F3 to either Champ Car or F1 and the thought is to start an Asia Atlantic (Pacific?) series to prepare Chinese drivers for the step up to the top rung. The cars will no longer be used in North America by the Champ Car Atlantic series as they get all new equipment next year.
If this plan, being hatched by Kevin Kalkhoven, comes to fruition, we wonder if the cars will run Toyota, Cosworth or some Chinese or Korean made engine.
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