CHAMPCAR/CART: CART reaction to Honda withdrawal

The following statement is attributed to John Lopes, Senior Vice President of Race Operations for Championship Auto Racing Teams, regarding Honda's decision to end its supply of engines for CART racing beginning in 2003. "We were disappointed to...

The following statement is attributed to John Lopes, Senior Vice President of Race Operations for Championship Auto Racing Teams, regarding Honda's decision to end its supply of engines for CART racing beginning in 2003.

"We were disappointed to learn of the decision by Honda to not continue as a CART engine supplier in 2003. Honda has been a valued partner and supporter of the FedEx Championship Series and will be missed.

"CART is committed to creating engine specifications that are in the best interest of our sport. We believe this matter was of great enough importance that it was deliberated very seriously by all affected members of our organization. That was done over several months by all those involved in this decision. CART has worked very closely with Honda, as well as our other engine suppliers, throughout this process and we understand their disappointment in the decision not going the way they were hoping it would.

"Our mission is to aggressively grow CART and CART racing and a significant element of that challenge is maintaining and building the technical and competition side of our sport. We are actively pursuing our engine supplier options and will continue to do so over the coming weeks and months. We are confident those efforts will develop engine alternatives that will enhance our sport."

-CART-

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Series Automotive , IndyCar