Indycool deserves the credit for first posting this article from Crash.net, but I thought this portion of the article deserves it's own thread.
http://www.crash.net/motorsport/cham...0/content.html"Champ Car has informed all the teams and Franck's management, CJMotorsport, that it will not be passing along the prize money to Franck," Crash.net was told, "However, despite knowing this, three teams still made offers to Franck last week, including Walker, Conquest and Forsythe again.
"Walker seems to be unable to get Craig Gore's sponsorship(Aussie Vineyards) of the team next season, and Forsythe seems to be unable to commit immediately, so Conquest seems to have the clear advantage. Franck seems closest to finalising a deal with them,
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=708565"For Craig (Gore, partner in Team Australia) and I, we are seriously considering the future," team owner Derrick Walker said in an e-mail Thursday. Walker isn't sure whether his team will field one car or two.
"It's fair to say 2008 is an important year for the series to regain momentum and (establish) a clear strategy where Champ Car is going for it to make business sense to remain in Champ Car."
This is from an article from this past October. To date, no deal has been announced to extend a contract with Champcar to run in Australia.
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/...oast-indy.htmlThe State Government(Queensland Australia) and IMG, which runs Indy, have a deal with the US-based Open Wheel Racing Series until 2008 but nothing is locked in beyond that date.
Walker appears as if he drug his feet too long on accepting the IRL offer. Now, no Indycar offer is available. And now, he appears to have also lost the sponsorship of Aussie Vineyards.
Whether Champcar is around after 2008 or not, could the IRL still be in Australia in 2009?
Walker has stated that his teams goal was to race at Indy. This opportunity offered by the IRL seemed to be the perfect scenario for Walker Racing and Aussie Vineyards. So, why would walker not have immediately taken the offer?