Open Wheel Merger Complete

INDIANAPOLIS - Owners of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League completed an agreement in principle Friday that will unify the sport for 2008.

Gerald Forsythe, co-owner of Champ Car, signed an agreement in principle in Chicago, joining his partner Kevin Kalkhoven and Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George who had signed late Thursday in Indianapolis.

Details of a press conference about the agreement will be forthcoming.

"Overall, Bridgestone Firestone Motorsports is quite pleased for the sport,” said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Firestone Motorsports, which supplied tires to both the IRL and Champ Car. “We are looking for a unified American open-wheel racing series to maximize fan interest, as well as bring in additional teams, drivers and sponsors – all of which will contribute to the health and growth of that series. We are eager to work with everyone involved in the transition and look forward to an even more promising future.”

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