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Open-wheel team owner Morris Nunn is set with two cars and Toyota power in the IRL next season, and his optimism about keeping a team in CART is building again. Pioneer’s North American subsidiary will return as Nunn’s CART sponsor if Ford backs up Cosworth as CART’s manufacturer/marketing partner, and Nunn is wondering what the holdup might be.
“If [Ford] is in, why don’t they say they’re in?” he said. “If car count is a problem, then why don’t they say they’re in if there are a certain number of cars?”

Ah, if only everyone in racing were as frank and straightforward as Nunn...

So what is the holdup, anyway?
Discussions that would make CART the CART- FedEx Championship Powered by Ford drag on, and both sides maintain that a deal should eventually be struck. Ford insiders say fear of a meager car count next year is no longer a problem. What’s the holdup?

In Miami, Ford Racing boss Dan Davis attended his first CART race since Mid-Ohio. Davis was impressed by the inaugural Miami event, and he reasserted his belief in CART’s marketing value. But he also said the corporate world can move slowly. With budgets largely set and belt-tightening throughout the auto industry, a racing commitment, no matter how small or large, takes time.

And then there’s Bernie...
Then again, maybe the series will be called: The CART FedEx Championship Powered by Ford and Controlled by Ecclestone. The CART paddock in Miami and the Indy F1 paddock the week before were abuzz with rumors about the impending entrance of one Bernard Ecclestone. Stories had F1’s czar in Southern California during the U.S. Grand Prix weekend, meeting with CART CEO Chris Pook and team owner Gerald Forsythe, who happens to be one of CART’s largest stockholders, or in Indianapolis reviewing contracts in the CART offices. The possibilities ranged from Ecclestone buying CART outright to an official affiliation with F1 as a feeder series.

The frenzy was no doubt fueled by the presence of F1 team members in Miami, checking out the scene en route to the Grand Prix of Japan. Or from statements by former CART champs Juan Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve praising CART and bashing the IRL. Or Pook’s own recent praise of F1 during press appearances, and his consideration of an F1-style V10 for CART’s next engine formula in 2005.

What should you make of it all? We don’t yet know. But add to this chatter that some in Europe believe that Ecclestone, approaching age 70, is about to cash out of F1 and hand control over to the involved automobile manufacturers. Maybe he needs a diversion in his retirement, or maybe he sees control of CART as another tool in keeping the manufacturers at bay. Speculation is fun, but it often has little bearing on reality. A couple of longtime team owners scoffed at the idea Ecclestone might somehow become involved with CART. On the other hand, this could be an instance where smoke betrays a flicker of flame. Those who might genuinely know something are keeping quiet about the Ecclestone rumors.

Pook, in best form, said he doesn’t know where the speculation started, then deftly danced around the topic, noting it’s his general policy not to talk about potential partners or business associates. But if there are no discussions, couldn’t he just quash the rumors?

“I have conversations with Bernard on a regular basis, about a lot of different things,” Pook said. “He’s a friend of mine.”

Is he interested in a partnership with Ecclestone?

“I’m interested in any partnership that promotes fine young drivers to the highest competitive levels they can achieve.”

Can we expect announcements regarding a relationship?

“You can expect announcements about young European and Latin drivers joining this series.” Next topic?


F1-style V10 for CART’s next engine formula in 2005
is it possible!!!!:eek:
 

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I find it interesting that Pook hasn't said it's a rumor and end the weird possibility that Ecc would own both of the two premier open wheel racing series.Maybe it's got a little to do with a public relations gimmick of getting at T. George.Meaning you don't see any, I mean NO interest (from the guy that owns F1) in the IRL.That's a bit of a slap to Tony, while interest in CART shows acknowledgement and respect for Pook and the series.

But Ecc owning CART and F1 at the same time just can't happen.I hope.Why own the next level below F1?To squash it.CART should be cordial to Ecc, but don't give him a single share of CART.Taking all the good drivers out of CART as soon as they become stars?Hell no, CART shouldn't play minor league to anybody.They've already "lost" enough good drivers, to F1 and now ICrappyRL.
 

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Ecclestone, I dislike that guy, YEAH he did a good job with F1, but look at it, he could have done better if he weren't so greedy...F1 could be the greatest racing series in the world...
 

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Ecclestone, I dislike that guy, YEAH he did a good job with F1, but look at it, he could have done better if he weren't so greedy...F1 could be the greatest racing series in the world...
yea. but he cant be as bad as the previous CART president
 
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