Friday, February 22, 2008

CHAMPCAR - IRL SPLIT OVER


TROUBLE IN TORONTO

Well the big news is that the infamous long-running CART-IRL split, which eventually became the ChampCar-IRL split, is finally over with the merger deal today.

Thank G. The sport was getting ruined by the split, and getting beaten to a pulp by NASCAR with people bailing the sinking ship of open-wheel racing. Now they can maybe try and build the sport back up again with all the best open-wheel drivers under one roof.

The problem, though, is that the merger deal will include all the IRL races plus only three ChampCar ones: Long Beach, Surfer's Paradise and Edmonton. Apparently Toronto is not confirmed on the schedule this year, all because of a conflict with a scheduled race in Watkins Glen.

Well, great. Toronto has already gone to hell completely ever since I left, and this is going to be the final nail in the coffin. That Indy race in Toronto was always the highlight of the summer for me when I lived in Toronto! The Toronto officials don't seem too concerned, though. They think they'll find a way onto the schedule, whether this year or next. But this serves these officials right if they are left off the schedule. They should have bailed on ChampCar and gone over to the IRL while they had the chance. If they had done that, they would be on the schedule this year, no problem. Now it's all up in the air.

I will likely have more to say later about this turn of events. I'm sure a lot of these race fans in Toronto will be up at arms screaming about Tony George and saying what an idiot he is. But this merger was bound to happen.
UPDATE: More news of what amounts to an IRL takeover of ChampCar. Not only could the Toronto race be cancelled, but the longtime event in Cleveland could get the boot, too. Wow.

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