Tuesday Feb. 19, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Merger talks between the Indy Racing League
and the Champ Car World Series are growing more serious.
Champ Car's executive vice president of strategic development
says discussions are "heating up," but no announcement is
imminent. An IRL spokesman confirms the talks.
A deal between the rival open-wheel series reportedly was near
this month but fell apart after the information leaked.
Among the obstacles cited were the head-to-head scheduling of
Champ Car's season opener April 20th in Long Beach and the IRL's
April 19th event in Japan.
The IRL was founded in 1995 and began racing in 1996. Champ Car,
then known as CART, continued as a separate series. Both sides have
struggled to find sponsorship and an audience and have drawn small
fields and low television ratings.
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