Someone chided me for not being a negotiator and trying to bring people together (for a grop hug maybe). It started me thinking. I like the split.
Right now there are probably 35 really competitive rides in both the IRl and CART. More drivers are driving OW than ever before. The crossover from CART to the IRL has been a tonic. It has made the races a whole lot mroe interesting and markedly raised the level of competition in the IRL.
For some time I thought that the only way for OW racing to survive was to have one series. That may be the case, but I am less certain than before. I think Pook has pointed CARt in the direction of its continuence as the most varied and challenging OW series in the world. I doubt we'll see any more CART teams only run an IRL team, like Penske, but just as they do in NASCAR, I think we'll see some more CARt teams follow TCGR and Nunn and run an IRL farm team. The CART and IRL teams will come together at Indy, and maybe for a triple crown.
In the mean time CART will run in front of 100,000s of fans at glamorous Street courses (like Houston ), natural road courses, and foreign Ovals. the IRL will continue its course as an American midwest oval series, but we may see some teams give Rockinham and Germany a try.
With a marked decrease in costs, it may not be necessary for one series to emerge. If is means that we get 35 OW races per year, I think it is great.