Dear Mark, From where just about everyone sits, it appears the plan is to keep Champ Car alive by feeding on the various ride-buyer checks that come along each year. Apparently this was the five year plan we never saw because we see zero growth – no new major sponsors, no new teams, no manufacturers, no hiring of big name drivers, just more of the same wait for the last minute and see which drivers can bring the most money to the table before the first race in April. It's too bad Tony Cochrane turned down Champ Car's attempt to hire him as he would have been the shot in the arm the series needed. Yes, Cochrane denied he was talking to Champ Car but in fact he was. Mark C.
12/19/07 This ESPN.com article paints the real picture of Paul Tracy going to the IRL out of disgust for being asked to take a large pay cut by Forsythe Racing. As the article says, "given Champ Car's record, it's only natural that they would try to sabotage themselves by forcing out their only recognizable star driver." It would be the final nail in Champ Car's coffin, their final death wish come true.