IRL boss wants NASCAR alliance

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitor Meira, St Petersburg, 2007John Barnes, the owner of Indy Racing League team Panther Racing, reckons the series would be better off as a support series to NASCAR:

We would make it where we would race on Saturday to replace a Busch or ARCA race, and they (Nextel Cup) would race on Sunday.

I have no problem being second fiddle to them.

Is this what it has come to? Are there still IRL team owners so opposed to reconciliation with the Champ Car World Series that they would contemplate selling out to NASCAR as some sort of third-rate side show?

The way I see it, the IRL has two realistic options: either kiss and make up with CCWS, or go it alone. But selling out to NASCAR would only hasten the demise of single seater racing in America.