Dear John, What you suggest was fine for CART in its golden days when the series was flush with sponsor and manufacturer money. After Tony George started the IRL open wheel racing in the USA was destroyed and money has flowed out of Champ Car and the IRL and into NASCAR and other series. Mark C.
Another reader writes, I have been around Champ Car for many years and have seen their attempts to make things happen. The problem is that they do not get it. The current administration is blind to the realities of what is going on in open wheel racing. The ONLY solution to try to make open wheel racing relevant is to merge the two series. Champ Car should be doing everything in its power to try to join Indy Car and create one series. I am no fan of the IRL and Tony George but from a branding stand point, the name INDY is a recognized name anywhere in the world. The Indy 500 is still the biggest open wheel race in the world. Trying to explain what Champ Car is or does is next to impossible, except for the hard core race fan.
Champ Car is on life support but management portrays that it is healthy. Why is it that Gerry Forsythe has only gone to a couple of races? Why is it that trying to get real sponsorship is next to impossible, for both series?
The solution is very simple. As a race fan it is so frustrating seeing the state of open wheel racing. What is more frustrating is seeing the blindness of Champ Cars management. Name Withheld
Over the years Champ Car has made many overtures to Anton George to merge the two series. Anton has no desire. We suggest you write him. He is the one who started this mess and is the one who can end it. Mark C.