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WILL IRL/CART CONFLICT BE A POSITIVE FOR RACING?

     ESPN2's "RPM 2Night" host John Kernan speculates that there
may be a silver lining to the IRL/CART dispute -- increased
exposure for racing.  Kernan asks, "Can you remember this early
in the year when (newspapers) had this much coverage? ... I can't
remember hearing about IndyCar racing this early in the season.
I think that's good in that it got a lot of people's attention.
They may start to tune in and watch the IndyCar races, get hooked
and become a fan."  While he won't "play favorites," Kernan said
CART's racers have to admit that "they didn't make the
Indianapolis 500.  It helped make them" (Baltimore SUN, 3/27).
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