Speculation has led to rumour has given way to report has given way to…. truth? It appears that the Indy Racing League, which has as its flagship race the Indianapolis 500, will merge with Champ Car effective really, really soon. In fact, a press conference could be held tomorrow.
Even Jerry Seinfeld didn’t like the overuse of the “Ovaltine” bit. On the other hand, it had become gruesomely apparent that televesion wasn’t working with the Champ Car World Series. It’s a little bit I-need-you-but-hate-you mixed with plenty of Baby-it-hurts-to-love-you and a lot of Can’t-live-with’em-can’t-live-without’em.
Consider this: Patrick Carpentier, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr. are just some of the names who crossed over, at least temporarily, into NASCAR for the Daytona 500. Champ and the IRL need to do more than just keep fans. They need to keep drivers.