SBD/Issue 198/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Rounded Out: Champ Car Reportedly Going Street Races Only

Champ Car Could Leave
Oval Track Races In The Dust
The Champ Car World Series will add as many as four new sites to its ’07 schedule, but it “won’t have any ovals unless its teams compete at the Indianapolis 500,” according to Robin Miller of SPEEDTV.com. While the schedule has not been formally announced, the season will start with a street race in Las Vegas in April and close on the streets of Phoenix in November. The circuit is also “likely to trek to Zhuhai, China next May to a venue originally built for Formula 1.” Team owners met last weekend in Toronto and “voted not to leave the month of May open for the Indianapolis 500.” However, there is “still a chance Champ Car could leave two weekends open for any teams willing and able” to run the Indy 500. There are 15 races on the schedule this year, and Champ Car President Steve Johnson said the league would “like to run 16 races next year.” Champ Car will not race at Milwaukee Mile in ’07, leaving the series with no races on oval tracks for the first time in its 28-year history (SPEEDTV.com, 7/11). Milwaukee Mile President Andy Randall, who is scheduled to speak with Johnson this week, said that “no such decision has been conveyed” about the schedule (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/12).

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