A1 TEAM USA's Weidinger sees IndyCar revival WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger strongly believes the top level of open-wheel racing in the United States has entered a revival period with the agreement between the Indy Racing...
A1 TEAM USA's Weidinger sees IndyCar revival
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger strongly believes the top level of open-wheel racing in the United States has entered a revival period with the agreement between the Indy Racing League and the Champ Car World Series to unify and operate under the IRL's IndyCar Series organization.
"American open-wheel fans, and I'm proud to be a member of that group, now have a rallying point to support IndyCar racing," Weidinger said. "I'm very pleased and encouraged for the future of the sport. It's been said that compromise is what makes men noble and both Tony George and Kevin Kalkhoven have shown character of the highest quality in doing what is in the best interest of IndyCar racing.
"Tony George has made it possible for the Champ Car teams to switch to the IndyCar equipment without financial harm. Kevin Kalkhoven recognized that one series was needed for IndyCar racing to prosper and, along with his partners, was willing to relinquish controlling a major racing series. It should have an immediate impact with more teams, cars and drivers, a couple of additional races in new markets and higher television ratings. The entire package will be much more attractive to sponsors.
"IndyCar racing was the favorite form of motorsport for virtually all of the last century and having one series again with the Indianapolis 500 as the nucleus is the beginning of its renaissance."
A1 TEAM USA has co-owned and sponsored entries at Indianapolis the past two years, driven by former 500 winners Al Unser Jr. in 2006 and Buddy Rice in 2007. Weidinger also was a co-owner in the IndyCar Series with Kelley Racing in 2004.
"We've supported the Indy 500 because we've wanted to support American open-wheel racing and A1 Grand Prix," Weidinger said. "A stronger recognition of the value and excitement of open-wheel racing is good for A1 TEAM USA. A rising tide lifts all boats."
A1 TEAM USA races in A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, which is searching for a venue in the United States.
"We'll take a look at the established road races that are not going to be a part of the unified schedule for IndyCar and see if there might be an opportunity for A1 TEAM USA to race on home ground," Weidinger said.