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March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
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Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
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Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
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Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
By John Henley
Staff Writer

(Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2004 11:15 PM)
It's been said that "the show must go on," and now it appears, so will the Champ Car World Series, or CART, in 2004.

Paul Gentilozzi and Kevin Kalkhoven, the men behind Open Wheel Racing Series, or OWRS, have taken over CART and are working out a schedule that will include about 16 races this season.

However, two races that will not appear on the schedule are Fontana, Calif. and Miami. A previously announced race in Las Vegas and a street race in St. Petersburg, Fla. - scheduled for May 16 and Feb. 22, respectively - still might make it onto the schedule.

"We're committed to racing in Las Vegas," Gentilozzi said in an article that appeared in the Jan. 5 issue of AutoWeek. The question is not whether to race in Las Vegas, but where to race. There is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which has had problems in the past promoting some races, and there is also a major casino that is interested in hosting the event in a facility alongside "The Strip."

A full schedule is not necessarily the primary focus of the new ownership. CART had a full schedule in 2003, the season that saw the league post $100 million in losses. Referring to the financial crisis that led to the demise of the former CART ownership, Gentilozzi said, "We know how to make money. We know how they [previous ownership] got there and we know how we won't get there."

Supporting these statements is the news that was made available just as we went to press regarding resignations from CART's board of directors. CART's website announced the resignations of: James F. Hardymon, James A. Henderson, Rafael A. Sanchez and Frederick T. Tucker, effective January 9, 2004.

Currently, there are 18 cars slated to race this season and both Gentilozzi and Kalkhoven said they aren't worried about the number of cars in the field for the 2004 season.

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