One Indy Car Series: Will Fans Return?

David KingContributor IFebruary 17, 2017

Now that the merger between Indy Racing League and Champ Car will hopefully once and for all unify IndyCar Racing, what's really hard to believe is these guys had enough money to survive these two long-running, mediocre racing series. 

I guess it's just an indication of how much money there is in the sport, and how much they had to lose before there was no choice but to get back together. Let's hope this is the start of one great Indy Car series that will bring the Indy 500 back to the glory of years past.

They were so desperate to unify, that Indy President Tony George even agreed to allow one more Champ Car race. This was perhaps the last stumbling block to overcome, and one of the few details revealed at the press conference yesterday announcing the long overdue merger of Open Wheel/Indy Car racing in the United States. 

The one hurdle that was finally overcome by agreeing to one more Champ Car race was the schedule conflict between the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the IRL race in Motegi, Japan, the same weekend. 

This will be the final awkward situation with both events taking place as scheduled with points from Long Beach being counted in the IndyCar Series.

In the meantime, both teams will gear up for the season opener March 29 at Homestead Miami Speedway, which will be a big challenge to those preparing about a dozen cars for the teams and drivers coming over from the now defunct Champ Car Series.

It will be very interesting to see if this new reborn racing series can bring back fans many of whom long ago changed their allegiance to NASCAR as their favorite American Racing Series.