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Old 2/24/08, 07:34 PM
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I think Grand Am and ALMS are so philosophically different that there's room for both of them. The ALMS cars are a lot better looking and more technically relevant, but they're also pretty freakin' expensive, which will always keep the entry numbers low. I watch ALMS for the cool machinery, and Grand Am for a good race.
To me the Grand-Am isn't much more than glorified club racing. I could live with the Grand-Am doing their thing if the Frances would turn the Daytona 24 over to ALMS so the race return to its proper place in international endurance racing.
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Old 2/24/08, 07:36 PM
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I would like to see them revert to the days when ingenuity and the ability to experiment were the key words in open wheel racing!....
For better or worse, those days are long gone.

Racing equipment is so expensive today that you can't let somebody come up with something that would immediately obsolete the tens of millions of existing race equipment.
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Old 2/24/08, 07:55 PM
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Agreed blkstang06, but for right now I am happy just to have a unified series.

Also FYI . . .George, Kalkhoven on Wind Tunnel Tonight.
Me too....Take what we can get!....
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Old 2/24/08, 08:04 PM
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Any word on what engine they will use? IRL's Honda or Champ Car's Ford Cosworth or both?
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Old 2/24/08, 08:09 PM
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Any word on what engine they will use? IRL's Honda or Champ Car's Ford Cosworth or both?
I think Honda until 2010, then we might we another manufacturer. I have heard Honda wants some competition.
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Old 2/24/08, 09:45 PM
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It'll be the current Honda Dallara for the next year or two, and hopefully Ford/Cosworth and Honda after that, with new chassis.
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Old 2/24/08, 11:07 PM
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I'd love to see them get several different engines, different bodies, engine sizes, etc, but do it like the SPEED GT series, where the better a car does, then it sorta gets penalized by gettting extra weight added, less tires, etc, so that the cars get really close towards the end. That or a reverse qualifing thing, where the best times get put toward the back
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Old 2/25/08, 04:20 PM
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The rewards weight might be worth consideration, though I personally think it kinda dumbs down the sport. I think the only thing that would result from reversing the qualifying order would be a lot of sandbagging in qualifying.
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Old 3/5/08, 04:07 PM
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If any of you guys haven't been following the news, Forsythe has shut down and Paul Tracy is looking for a ride.
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Hopefully PT can find a decent ride. Love him or hate him, the guy's always interesting.
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