Forsythe’s possible 4-car team

The pressing issue for Forsythe is how many cars he'll field out of his Indianapolis shop. In the past few weeks we've heard Ryan Hunter-Reay, 18-year-old Canadian Andrew Ranger, Formula One vet Jos Verstappen, Mathias Lauda and Rodolfo Lavin might be paired with Paul Tracy.

"I'm prepared to run as many as sponsorship will allow but I'm not going to fund them," declared Forsythe, who ran three cars in 2004. "Kevin and I made a commitment to Ryan to keep him in Champ Car and we're going to make it happen.

"Niki Lauda called me last Monday and he's working diligently to get his son in Champ Car but it all comes down to sponsorship. He's very interested and if the money was there I think they'd already be signed.

"Andrew Ranger tested for us and did a good job. Neil Mickelwright (team manager) was in awe of the kid and said if there was any way to get him in a car but it takes $6 million to do it right and his people don't have that kind of money."

Forsythe is frustrated with Canada, in general. Despite having great passion and attendance in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (replaced by Edmonton this year), they haven't found any funding for 2003 CART champ Tracy.

"For whatever reason, there's no Canadian money. We took Paul and a show car to Edmonton to meet some of the largest companies and there seemed to be a lot of interest and we're still talking to people but nothing yet."

Whether it's dealing with potential sponsors or tracks, buying Cosworth or negotiating with promoters, Gerry Forsythe has quietly become a major player in American motorsports. Maybe not by design, but rather by desire. Champ Car

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