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Old 19 Oct 2007, 00:38 (Ref:2044113)   #1
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• What’s the big announcement on Oct. 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Perhaps a title sponsor for Indy? Or the Indy Racing League? Some say Busch (which is leaving NASCAR) might be in play for one, or both.

• Is Las Vegas dumping CC for the IRL? Lawsuit to follow?

• Rahal Letterman recently let a dozen people go, including veteran engineers Ray Leto and Jeff Britton, while Tony George also cleaned house in the engineering department at Vision Racing.
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Old 19 Oct 2007, 07:31 (Ref:2044280)   #2
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Big announcement? In the IRL website I couldn't find any reference to it; I'd like to know where does it come from...
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"The IRL Indy Car Busch Series" I can imagine many NASCAR fans tuning in and wondering why they aren't seeing 43 stock cars.
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Big announcement? In the IRL website I couldn't find any reference to it; I'd like to know where does it come from...
http://www.indycar.com/news/story.php?story_id=10012

See Terry Angstadt's comments.
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Old 21 Oct 2007, 13:40 (Ref:2046106)   #5
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Curt Cavin (Indystar reporter) silly season comments


Andretti Green: Kanaan, Patrick and Andretti confirmed; fourth is in the works (likely Hideki Mutoh).
Penske: Castroneves confirmed; second is TBA (almost assuredly Ryan Briscoe).
Ganassi: Wheldon and Dixon confirmed; Lloyd a part-time competitor in IRL and Grand Am.
Panther: Meira confirmed; second is TBA.
Foyt: Manning confirmed; second unlikely.
Dreyer & Reinbold: Rice expected; second TBA.
Rahal Letterman: Sharp confirmed; Hunter-Reay expected.
Vision: Carpenter confirmed; second expected, third TBA.
Roth: Roth and second expected

http://blogs.indystar.com/racingexpert/

Added to that, Greg Beck was speaking very postively about the TEAM programme in the IRL and was hinting about a full time team. But we'll wait and see what happens there.

Eddie Cheever mentioned he wanted to run a road course only schedule for Antinucci

Jon Herb said at Texas that he planned to purchase more IRL equipment to run in 2008 but not heard much more from him

and SAMAX said they will be back in 2008 but there were strangely absent from Cavins list

Tom Anderson was making some mumbles about 2008 as well

Interesting that Cavin has Mutoh going to AGR though, perhaps that will save Matsuura's seat at Panther?
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"sponsorship categories"? What will that mean?
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Old 22 Oct 2007, 07:57 (Ref:2047479)   #7
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Interesting that Cavin has Mutoh going to AGR though, perhaps that will save Matsuura's seat at Panther?
Matsuura's sponsorship would be the saving factor for his seat wouldnt it ?

Isnt it also Honda who is 'placing' Mutoh at AGR ?
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Old 22 Oct 2007, 11:38 (Ref:2047748)   #8
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The assumption was that Mutoh would be promoted to Panther's Indycar team and inherhit the Panosonic deal whilst Matsuura would move aside and search for new sponsorship for a new drive

But when Mutoh made his debut he had his own sponsors and looks like he's taking this to AGR

Matsuura will probably continue at Panther with Panasonic backing and Meira will Delphi

Sharp's Patron backing is keeping him at RLR with RHR expected to continue in the ethanol car

Roth has backing from himself, his land and Gene Simmons marketing company and is good to run 2 cars full time

DRR are positive about running about 2 cars, 1 confirmed so far

it's early days but so far

AGR - 4
Penske - 2
Ganassi - 2 somtimes 3
Panther - 2
Vision - 2 maybe 3
Roth - 2
DRR 1 probably 2
Rahal - 2
Foyt - 1

and SAMAX should be back with Milka


thats quite a few confirmed already, great stuff
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Not bad, for being 5 months from the 2008 season offstart; it would mean that 2007 numbers are substantially confirmed, with anybody coming in the meantime being a plus
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Old 22 Oct 2007, 15:29 (Ref:2048070)   #10
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Yeah, exactly

What interested me as well is that when the TEAM programme was announced Greg Beck was present and was interviewed and seemed cautiously positive about 2008

A full time 1 car effort from him would be a welcome addition to grid, Alex Barron got 15th at Indy last season in his car
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Roth has backing from himself, his land and Gene Simmons marketing company and is good to run 2 cars full time

DRR are positive about running about 2 cars, 1 confirmed so far

it's early days but so far

AGR - 4
Penske - 2
Ganassi - 2 somtimes 3
Panther - 2
Vision - 2 maybe 3
Roth - 2
DRR 1 probably 2
Rahal - 2
Foyt - 1

and SAMAX should be back with Milka


thats quite a few confirmed already, great stuff
Hang on, which are officially confirmed ?

Vision had been talking in the press about 1 car and any others depending on sponsors or drivers with sponsors. The dropping of employees reported by Miller supports such a notion. Unless there is new info ?

Same with D&R who outlined that anything beyond one car would be unlikely without sponsorship

Roth officially two? I understand there was talk but when did two cars become official ?

Mainly I am trying to figure out it probably is now being taken as "official confirmations"?
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*here we go again*

read Cavins blog DRT

how many do champ car have on the grid for next season

4? 5?
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Penske have CONFIRMED 2

Ganassi is have CONFIRMED 2 and sometimes 3

AGR have CONFIRMED 4

Rahal have CONFIRMED 2 but havent named a 2nd driver

Panther have CONFIRMED 2 but havent named a 2nd driver

Vision have CONFIRMED 1, and it's highley EXPECTED to confirm another and perhaps a 3rd

Foyt have CONFIRMED 1, a chance of a 2nd

Roth has CONFIRMED 2 HIMSELF ON TV!!!! ABOUT 1O TIMES!!

DRR have CONFIRMED 1 and HIGHLEY EXPECT to run another

that's where we are, all good for you mate?

I'd just worry about CC's car count to be honest, we are doing ok over here

Climb: Keep listening out for anything Greg Beck says, i have a good feeling about his IRL future thanks to a reliable source in the states

told me that he has purchased a bit of equipment with a view to now find backers

keep listening mate....

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how many do champ car have on the grid for next season

4? 5?
And that has what to do with this discussion ?

Is there a press release for the Roth announcement, panther 2 car announcement and D&R to highly expect a 2nd.

No intention of being argumentative here, I am just trying to separate the confirmed from the hoped.
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I thought Scott Sharp was headed to the ALMS?
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