F1 blogs review: Champ Car and IRL merge

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bobby Rahal, Long Beach, 1986, CART Indy Car | Ford MediaThe Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League have ended their 12-year feud and joined back together, a move that could have interesting consequences for Formula 1.

Also in the F1 blogs this week, video of Juan Pablo Montoya wrestling, Spyker describe Formula 1 as a ‘massive bleeder’, F1 Racing gets a new editor from a men’s glamour magazine, and a shameless plug for my latest guest article.

Champ Car and IRL end war and confirm merger – Until 1995 the CART IndyCar series was the biggest rival to F1. It then split into two championships, ruining open wheel racing in America, until finally yesterday they announced an historic merger.

So ya wanna hate on Montoya, do ya? – Now firmly ensconced back in the United States, Juan Pablo Montoya has raised his profile by appearing in a popular wrestling series and smacking a fighter with a chair in time-honoured tradition. This video is from a few days ago, so all the jokes about NASCAR being just as much of a fix as wrestling have probably already been made.

Watch the action below – he looks tiny! And somehow slightly embarrassed…

Spyker recovering from F1 blunder – Dutch sportscar manufacturer Spyker describe F1 as a “massive bleeder” that cost them ??2m per month, partly due to unfulfilled sponsorship payments.

Can two wrongs make a successful racing series? – The easiest way to get a plug on this site is to link to me. This even works if you’re one of the world’s most famous newspapers!

I heart Franck – Not content with rapidly growing into media giants of the F1 world, the Sidepodcast team are now spinning off websites about drivers they like. I would, however, like to lay claim to having Hearted Franck at least as long as they have: In praise of Franck Montagny.

Peugeot recruiting from F1: How many ex-Formula 1 racers are driving at Le Mans for Peugeot this year? Deep breath: Marc Gene (Minardi, Williams, currently Ferrari tester), Christian Klien (Jaguar/Red Bull, currently Honda tester), Pedro Lamy (Lotus, Minardi), Franck Montagny (Super Aguri), Stephane Sarrazin (Minardi, bonus point if you can name his single race start), Alexander Wurz (Benetton, McLaren, Williams, currently Honda tester), Ricardo Zonta (BAR, Jordan, toyota), and Jacques Villeneuve (Williams, BAR, Renault, Sauber, BMW).

How about a green prix at Singapore? – More thoughts on the Singapore night race and the environment.

The commercials – Guest post on F1 Insight.

Choose your words carefully, Bernie – Alan Henry warns Bernie Ecclestone following the tycoon’s comments on the racism row.

27 days until the Australian Grand Prix – Another instalment in this great countdown: head over to this blog today to read my guest post on number 21.

Time for a brief update – An Australian fan keeps an eye on the progress of construction of the circuit at Melbourne. How many more Grands Prix will there be at the track?

Fernando finally speaks – More on Alonso’s dismissal of the racism row.

A breath of fresh air from F1 Racing – Doctorvee likes the editorial style of F1 Racing’s interim editor but is worried about the background of the new man in charge.

Fake Ferrari News – If anyone’s wondering why this great blog appears to have disappeared, never fear, they just seem to have moved!

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