Andretti Green Racing Statement on Unification [IndyCar Series officials today announced that an agreement has been reached to unify the IndyCar Series and Champ Car World Series beginning with the 2008 racing season. The following are comments...
Andretti Green Racing Statement on Unification
[IndyCar Series officials today announced that an agreement has been reached to unify the IndyCar Series and Champ Car World Series beginning with the 2008 racing season. The following are comments from Andretti Green Racing's three co-owners - Michael Andretti, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree.]
Michael Andretti, chairman, Andretti Green Racing:
"This is a huge day for the IndyCar Series and for our sport as a whole, for sure. Over the years, whether I was in the role of driver, team owner or promoter, I have always wanted a unified sport. That has been my only goal throughout this entire process and I applaud everyone who played a role in making this happen. So many people have worked tirelessly, both publicly and behind the scenes, to get this done. Everyone can now focus on taking the IndyCar Series to new heights for the good of our sport and everyone involved in it."
Kim Green, chief executive officer, Andretti Green Racing:
"Obviously I think this is a very important announcement for the overall health of open-wheel racing in America. I'm pleased that so many people were able work out a lot of very complex and difficult details of a deal that ultimately led to a unified series. As a competitor, I know that the teams and drivers who will be joining the IndyCar Series will only make things more competitive. Although we have spent several years apart, the open-wheel racing community is a family and I'm personally thrilled that we will all be competing at the same venues once again."
Kevin Savoree, president and chief operating officer, Andretti Green Racing:
"As a lifelong fan of IndyCar racing, I'm thrilled to hear that there will be one, unified series in this country. The sport is filled with so many exciting drivers, colorful characters, strong, competitive teams and incredible venues that I know everyone is just ready to get at it. Andretti Green Racing certainly is going to be ready for the challenge. We feel privileged to compete in the IndyCar Series and today's announcement only strengthens an already highly-competitive series. This is a day that racing fans have been anticipating for some time and I think it will provide unbelievable entertainment for years to come."