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Issue Eleven
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Aston Martin at Detroit Auto Show
Issue Eleven
March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
Detroit Auto Show Awards
Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
WORK Wheels Introduction
Cadillac Merchandise
Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
Bear Market in the Auto Business?
Coming Next Issue
NYC Auto Show

Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes, continued.
Both Kalkhoven and Gentilozzi expect to have two cars representing their respective teams, while Forsyth Racing, Newman-Haas Racing and Herdez Competition also plan to have two cars each for the season. Other team owners are in limbo as they search for new sponsorship. However, the loss of American Spirit, a two-car team owned by Stefan Johansson, does not help matters.

And in the other lane (no pun intended), the Indy Racing League, or IRL has confirmed 18 cars for the 2004 season and is optimistic that there will be between 23 and 26 cars by the time the season begins.

Last season, the IRL recorded its all-time lowest average of 21.7 cars per race throughout the course of the season. Many insiders, fans and enthusiasts speculate that the IRL/CART feud is the primary reason both leagues are suffering.

IRL officials have confirmed there will be several multi-car teams active in 2004, including Andretti Green Racing, which will be fielding four cars on the track. Several other teams will be racing two cars, such as: Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Only a handful of teams will race a single driver many of which hope to have another car on the track sometime later in the season.

The first IRL race of the 2004 season is scheduled Feb. 29 in Homestead-Miami Speedway and will be broadcast on ESPN. CART's official television schedule has not yet been published.
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