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Honda chief hopeful
Busy schedules on both sides have kept the principals in the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series away from the negotiating table, but a stakeholder in the possible reunification of open-wheel racing remains optimistic.
Robert Clarke, general manager of Honda Performance Development, has met with leaders on both sides and believes the climate is right to get something done.
"Very much so," Clarke said. "Since the split (10 years ago), it's never been more possible than it is today."
With the IRL futures of Honda and Toyota very much up in the air after their contracts expire next year, Clarke said he has delivered no ultimatums and his message to both has been one of cooperation.
"What we've told them is that we are willing to be flexible with our objectives if it helps the two series come together," Clarke said. "It's not our style to threaten, but we've let them know how we feel."