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Published August 13, 1998
For the "first time" since the Indy car split in '96, "there have been several movements recently that can only be viewed as positive," according to Robin Miller of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS. Last month, IRL Exec Dir Leo Mehl "asked his owners, collectively, how they felt about reconciling with CART," and at the Brickyard 400, Mario Andretti and Al Unser Jr. talked with IMS President Tony George "to pitch peace." Miller: "Three years into its existence, the IRL is seriously hurting for owners, sponsors and fans. ... After three years without the [Indy] 500, some CART teams are facing contract negotiations with sponsors that want to be back at the Speedway -- not St. Louis -- on Memorial Day weekend." IRL team Owner Fred Treadway: "My concept is that we come together for marketing efforts. Have 31 premier races with no schedule conflicts. ... Have an American and National League like baseball and we come together for the World Series every May." George had no comment, but IMS VP/Corporate Communications Fred Nation, said, "Yes, Tony has been listening" (STAR-NEWS, 8/12).