Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George said yesterday that open-wheel racing is not be as close to unification as recent headlines claim.
George said a deal to bring the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series together is not nearly as close as the headlines might lead us to believe. “We've talked conceptually about how things might be structured,” said George yesterday, “but it's so far from being done, it's not even worth talking about. Where they came up with the story is a bit beyond me.”
The IMS President called reports that IRL and Champ Car could hold companion events on race weekends next season “entirely fabricated by the people who wrote the story.”
George’s comments were not entirely discouraging, however. Of his talks with Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven, he said, “We're going to get back together in a few weeks. Certainly nothing is imminent, and we've got a lot of work ahead of us. We're still getting to know one another, still trying to understand one another. I enjoy his company and getting to know him, but it’s just one of those things. It's not gonna happen anytime soon."