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Published March 26, 1996
ESPN's John Kernan reports that Indianapolis Motor Speedway President & CEO Tony George's comments last week that CART has 30 days to stop using the IndyCar name "appear to have ended any possibility of a compromise that would bring the CART teams to Indianapolis." George: "I've heard [CART President] Andrew Craig say it's too late for '96, but let's talk about '97. Once we make our decision to go our separate ways and have competing races on Memorial Day weekend, I think that in and of itself puts some finality to all of this" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/25). Mario Andretti, a critic of George and the IRL, noted the likely economic losses in Indianapolis this year. Andretti said Texaco, which won't be at Indy this year, spent $482,000 on hotel rooms, plane fare and hospitality at last year's race (Bill Fleischman, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/26).