"Indeed, Jim Michaelian never has even mentioned such a harrowing possibility to me, but I'm sure he'll have no other choice but to turn to the SPEED World Challenge GT sports car race, or something of that ilk if the Champ Car crashes and the IRL isn't available."

Don't forget the American Le Mans Series is on Saturday the 19th. It clearly up-staged the Champ Car race last year. This race could easily be moved to Sunday. This would be the equivalent of "falling on the sword" by the LBGP in benefit the re-unified open-wheel sport.

2008 is going to be a "building year" anyway - many of the Champ Car teams simply will not have time to prepare, making them uncompetitive.