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A racing sanctioning body formerly known as CART.  Their top-level series was the Champ Car World Series.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Champ Car page on 4 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Champ Car is the general name for a class and specification of American professional top-level open wheel cars used in American open-wheel car racing for many decades, associated primarily with the Indianapolis 500. Such racing had been sanctioned by the AAA, USAC, SCCA, the CRL, CART, and IndyCar.

In its most popular and recent contemporary usage, "Champ Car" was the name given to a governing body formerly known as Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). The CART series was founded in 1979 by team owners who disagreed with the direction and leadership of USAC. At the height of the popularity of the series in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was known as the CART/PPG Indy Car World Series. The term "Champ Car" temporarily disappeared from use, with the more marketable term "Indy Car" being utilized.

In 1996, the open wheel "split" saw the CART series take a different direction from the newly created Indy Racing League IRL and the Indy 500. Thereafter, it re-branded itself as CART again, and re-booted the term "Champ Car" as the moniker for the machines used. The series was advertised as CART FedEx Championship Series from 1997 to 2002.

CART went bankrupt at the end of the 2003 season. A trio of CART team owners acquired the assets of the sanctioning body (forming what was known legally as Open Wheel Racing Series, Inc.) and renamed it as the Champ Car World Series (CCWS), again highlighting the historic 'Champ Car' term. Continuing financial difficulties caused CCWS to file for bankruptcy before its planned 2008 season; its assets were merged into the IRL's IndyCar Series, reuniting both series of American open-wheel racing.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 August 2001"Gentleman Start Your Engines"Champ Car Racing
2 November 2002CART FedEx Championship Series: The 500Pat Patrick
Chris Pook
Al Speyer
15 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceKevin Kalkhoven
Craig Pollock
Chris Pook
17 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
Alex Tagliani
23 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Hunter-Reay
Stefan Johansson
Jimmy Vasser
29 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferencePatrick Lemarie
Craig Pollock
30 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRodolfo Levin
Darren Manning
Derrick Walker
18 February 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRoberto Moreno
Keith Wiggins
19 February 2003Champ Car Media Conference: The 2003 Speed Channel Broadcast TeamDerek Daly
Calvin Fish
Tommy Kendall
Jim Liberatore
Terry Lingner
Bob Varsha
25 February 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceBurt Diamond
Kathy Feeney
Chris Pook
Al Speyer
26 February 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceBill Hildick
Chris Pook
Scott Pruett
Jimmy Vasser
4 March 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Mario Haberfeld
Tiago Monteiro
12 March 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAdrian Fernandez
Roberto Gonzalez
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Memo Rojas
24 March 2003Champ Car Media Conference: Long Beach Town Hall MeetingPaul Gentilozzi
Tommy Kendall
Jim Liberatore
Jim Michaelian
Chris Pook
Alex Tagliani
3 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
Bruno Junqueira
8 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAJ Allmendinger
Paul Tracy
22 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceDarren Manning
23 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
25 April 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Andretti
George Bruggenthies
Chris Pook
28 April 2003Champ Car Media Conference: Milwaukee Town Hall MeetingA. J. Allmendinger
Joe Chrnelich
David Hobbs
Adam Saal
Paul Tracy
14 May 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
28 May 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAdrian Fernandez
Emerson Fittipaldi
Jerome Fynaardt
Terry Haskel
2 June 2003Champ Car Media Conference: Cleveland Town Hall MeetingPatrick Carpentier
Joey Hand
Jim Liberatore
Chris Pook
Bud Stanner
10 June 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Mark Blundell
Alex Zanardi
18 June 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceAJ Allmendinger
Max Papis
1 July 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Dalziel
Adrian Fernandez
13 July 2003Champ Car World Series: Molson Indy TorontoRob Correa
Chris Pook
15 July 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
John Lopes
Danica Patrick
Bobby Rahal
Derrick Walker
23 July 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRoberto Moreno
Oriol Servia
18 August 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Hunter-Reay
Leonardo Maia
Jimmy Vasser
28 September 2003Champ Car World Series: Grand Prix of AmericasMario Dominguez
Roberto Moreno
Mika Salo
14 October 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceBruno Junqueira
Paul Tracy
28 October 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Hunter-Reay
Paul Tracy
22 March 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Hunter-Reay
Keith Wiggins
25 March 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Justin Wilson
31 March 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceJeremy Dale
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Carl Russo
8 April 2004Champ Car Media ConferencePatrick Carpentier
Bruno Junqueira
4 May 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
Mario Haberfeld
Andrew Ranger
7 July 2004Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
Kevin Kalkhoven
Chris Powell
Paul Tracy
Jimmy Vasser
5 August 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceA.J. Allmendinger
Ryan Dalziel
Bruno Junqueira
Johnny Miller
Danica Patrick
Jonathan Summerton
Justin Wilson
12 October 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
Bruno Junqueira
28 October 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceJoe Chrnelich
Dick Eidswick
15 November 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceKevin Kalkhoven
Richard Perry-Jones
Tim Routsis
23 November 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceA.J. Allmendinger
Carl Russo
Justin Wilson
2 December 2004Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
1 February 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceCristiano da Matta
Jim McGee
Dan Pettit
Jimmy Vasser
4 February 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Nelson Philippe
21 March 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Andrew Ranger
4 April 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceRonnie Bremer
Keith Wiggins
Bjorn Wirdheim
14 June 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceJohn Brooks
Oriol Servia
Al Unser III
21 June 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceCristiano da Matta
Jim McGee
Dan Pettit
21 July 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceKatherine Legge
Bob Singleton
Paul Tracy
31 August 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceOriol Servia
20 September 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceSteve Johnson
28 September 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceJoe Chrnelich
6 October 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceCedric The Entertainer
Keith Wiggins
11 October 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceDavid Bowes
Scot Elkins
Steve Johnson
25 October 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
27 October 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceAlex Zanardi
1 November 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceTimo Glock
Michael McDowell
Charles Zwolsman
29 November 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceGeorge Bruggenthies
Joe Chrnelich
Paul Gentilozzi
Steve Johnson
6 December 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceA.J. Allmendinger
Michael Shank
Justin Wilson
7 December 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Steve Johnson
Graham Rahal
15 December 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceBruno Junqueira
18 January 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJames Hinchcliffe
Leonardo Maia
Neil Micklewright
Richard Philippe
Andreas Wirth
15 February 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceKevin Kalkhoven
Katherine Legge
20 February 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Dominguez
Neil Micklewright
7 March 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJohn Edwarson
Carl Russo
Justin Wilson
20 March 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceNelson Philippe
Keith Wiggins
21 March 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceMike Lanigan
Chris Mower
Charles Zwolsman
28 March 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceDan Clarke
Keith Wiggins
29 March 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceDale Coyne
Cristiano da Matta
3 April 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
Bruno Junqueira
Paul Tracy
Justin Wilson
4 May 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceKatherine Legge
Nicky Pastorelli
24 May 2006Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
Tonis Kasementes
9 June 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceCristiano da Matta
Carl Russo
20 June 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceA.J. Allmendinger
11 August 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJeremy Dale
Chris Pinderski
8 September 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Dalziel
Alex Figge
Tyler Tadevic
18 September 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceSimon Pagenaud
Graham Rahal
28 September 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJohn Clagett
Steve Johnson
10 October 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceRyan Briscoe
Jeremy Dale
25 October 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
11 December 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJim Freudenberg
Steve Johnson
Richard Ramirez
18 December 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceSteve Johnson
Paul Stoddart
Keith Wiggins
19 December 2006Champ Car Media ConferenceJohn Brunner
Peter Davies
John Edwards
Robert Wickens
16 January 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceJohn Clagett
Tony Cotman
Steve Johnson
Bart Rietbergen
28 March 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceDan Clarke
Robert Doornbos
Paul Stoddart
Keith Wiggins
29 March 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Dominguez
Neil Micklewright
29 March 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
Carl Haas
Les Kolb
Mike Lanigan
Graham Rahal
3 October 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceNelson Philippe
24 October 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceSebastien Bourdais
5 November 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceGreg Hooton
Steve Johnson
Charlie Johnstone
Jim Michaelian
14 November 2007Champ Car Media ConferenceLeo Mansell
Greg Mansell
Nigel Mansell
Derrick Walker
29 January 2008Champ Car Media ConferenceGraham Rahal
Justin Wilson
6 February 2008Champ Car Media ConferenceEric Bachelart
Franck Perera
15 April 2008Champ Car Media ConferenceGraham Rahal


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