BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN WITH INDY TWO MONTHS AWAY
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).