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Greg Bailey - motorsport.com - Motorsport News International (Madison, IL, May 27, 1999)In a joint press conference on the first day of practice at the Motorola 300 four CART drivers expressed their hope that the rival CART and Indy Racing ...

Greg Bailey - motorsport.com - Motorsport News International

(Madison, IL, May 27, 1999)In a joint press conference on the first day of practice at the Motorola 300 four CART drivers expressed their hope that the rival CART and Indy Racing League can reconcile their differences: if done largely on CART's terms. l In the conference Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi, Helio Castro-Neves and Scott Pruett reacted to recent rumors of a reunion between the two open wheel racing rivals. Pruett said that both bodies would benefit from the merger, but both would have to compromise. "We'd have to take the best out of both cars," he said. In their present configuration, Tracy said, the CART cars are too fast for some of the IRL tracks. "We would be going in the 240s, maybe 250 on some of the tracks and that's just too fast." The drivers jokingly said that a merger might mean a 25 event season. Pruett said he hopes the reunited sport would keep CART cars intact. "For one thing, they're a lot quieter." Castro-Neves, who has never raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said he and some of the younger drivers would like the opportunity to compete there. "We'd be very happy to be there." Paul Tracy said that he and the other drivers have little input into the process. Pruett predicted that the merger could not come into effect until after the year 2000. The four drivers discussed other issues including the new CART rules requiring wheel tethers to prevent the wheel assemblies from flying off in a crash, as has happened in two recent fatal spectator accidents. Saturday's race will be the first under the new rules. Fittipaldi said the tethers could create problems for the drivers because all the loose debris would be kept closer to the car; but "would be a lot better for the sport." He added, "don't want to be the one that tests them. "Tracy said the governing body should do anything to make the sport safer. Pruett called the rule change "a good first step."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett