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Old 3 Feb 2004, 23:14 (Ref:861984)   #1
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Patrick Racing headed to the IRL!?

Well, I'm officially confused! From TSN.ca: http://www.tsn.ca/auto_racing/news_s...70818&hubName=

Patrick Racing looks to leave CART

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2/3/2004

Patrick Racing will leave the troubled Championship Auto Racing Teams series and join the rival Indy Racing League if a sponsorship package can be arranged.

``I just think CART has been completely mishandled and, even though it's very disappointing to me personally, I just think it's time to move on,'' team owner U.E. (Pat) Patrick said Tuesday. ``This makes me very sad, but I finally accepted this is the way it has to be.''

CART, founded in 1978 by Patrick and car owner Roger Penske, became a publicly traded company in 1998 and filed for bankruptcy late last year. Its assets were sold in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis last week to a group headed by three other team owners who want to revive the series under the name Open Wheel Racing.

Penske left CART for the IRL two years ago.

``I have enough funding to do it right now, if I fund part of it myself,'' Patrick told The Associated Press during a telephone interview. ``I'm just not sure yet what we will do, but we have to make some decisions pretty fast.''

The IRL season opens Feb. 29 at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

CART officials did not return calls seeking comment.

IRL spokesman Fred Nation said the IndyCar Series would be happy to have Patrick Racing in its fold.

``Many things in racing have come full circle in the last 10 years,'' he said. ``Pat Patrick is a legend in open-wheel racing, and we would certainly welcome him.''

CART, which broke away from the U.S. Auto Club so that the team owners could have more autonomy, took a major blow in 1996 when the IRL began, dividing a small base of fans and major sponsors.

The battling open-wheel series have struggled with dwindling attendance and TV ratings.

IRL president and founder Tony George made a bid for the assets, but a bankruptcy judge chose to award them to the new ownership group that includes Champ Car team owners Paul Gentilozzi, Kevin Kalkoven and Gerald Forsythe. That group said it has a 18 cars, a schedule and a television contract in place and will open the season April 18 at Long Beach, Calif.

Didn't KK buy Patrick Racing!? :confused:

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Old 3 Feb 2004, 23:21 (Ref:862001)   #2
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From another article I read earlier today.

Patrick hopes to have a decision on his own future soon. Patrick said any deal to run the IRL this year would need to be made by Feb. 20. He's had offers to run Indianapolis, where he won as an owner in 1973 and 1982 with driver Gordon Johncock and in 1989 with Emerson Fittipaldi.

"I'd like to go back to Indy, but there's no deal yet," he said. "I'd also like to maybe go to the IRL series. And I might not do anything. Sometimes, you just need to quit."
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Old 3 Feb 2004, 23:22 (Ref:862003)   #3
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This looks like a continuing of the rumour that Emmo was buying/running the CART Patrick Racing, while U.E. went and ran a new program over in the IRL.

I'd say the old Patrick Racing will be run by Emmo in Champcars, while U.E. may do that Chevy/Al Jr. deal in the IRL.
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Re: Patrick Racing headed to the IRL!?

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Didn't KK buy Patrick Racing!? :confused: [/B]
That was what I recall reading. The announcement/confirmation of it came on the same day as the OWRS verdict. I doubt he would have bought the whole operation, including the name, so much as buy the cars, equipment etc. for Emmo to run in Champ Cars

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Old 4 Feb 2004, 01:46 (Ref:862141)   #5
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I too had thought KK had purchased Patrick, and was going to have Emmo run that portion of the show... funding being the issue. No news since then though. I'm quite certain you'll see this team run though.
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Rumours and wishful thinking that belong on the IRL board, not here.
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Why does it belong in the IRL forum, Liz?
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Wishful thinking?

The only thing holding up Unser driving for Patrick is sponsorship. TG will do what he can to help keep Little Al in the field, as well.
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The only thing holding up a 28 car Champcar field is sponsorship too. Still a wish at this stage.
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Can Dale Coyne run 20 cars though? With 2 from Forsythe, Newman Haas, Fernandez, and one each from Rahal and Herdez...
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The answers no, only 19 cause Herdez will run 2.
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Why does it belong in the IRL forum?

Well it sorta does and sorta doesn't because U.E. sold his Champcar operation and therefore wasn't a part of we uns when he sorta kinda made his not yet firm or confirmed entry into the other series. BTW, does the fact that speedgear is selling all of the champcar stuff for 99% off suggest that the champcar logo will change? U.E. wants to know before he makes his decision.
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Old 4 Feb 2004, 04:13 (Ref:862221)   #13
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The difference is the Patrick operation won't make or break the IRL.

Those 28 (18) cars will make or break OWRS.
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I think it's two-fold:

1. Part of Patricks team was bought by KK and will be run by Emmo. Whether it's two cars or not is a case of wait and see

2. Patrick himself will head to the IRL with one car for one final shot at Indianapolis 'glory' before he retires.
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I thought it was basically the whole of Patrick's teamt hat Emmo bought. He's setting up on his own, rather than running out of Conquest's shop, and James Dingman is no longer a part of the operation. Otherwise, correct Manoz
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