2008 Champ Car season

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2008 Champ Car season
2008 Champ Car season
Champ Car World Series
Season
Races 14
Start date April 20
End date November 9
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The 2008 Champ Car season was to have been the 30th season of the series. It was scheduled to begin on April 20, 2008 and end on November 9. The season, with the sole exception of the Long Beach Grand Prix (won by Will Power), was canceled February 21, 2008 because of the buyout of Champ Car by the rival Indy Racing League.[1]

The Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton and the Gold Coast Indy 300 were retained and transferred to the Indy Car Series schedule.[1] The schedule included what would have been the first Monterey Grand Prix since 2004.

Later on, Toronto (2009) and Houston (2013) would also be revived by the unified series.

Grands Prix (prior to unification announcement)[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location TV Date
1 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California ESPN2 April 20
2 United States Grand Prix of Houston JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park Houston, Texas ESPN2 April 27
3 United States Champ Car Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California ESPN May 18
4 Belgium Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit Zolder Circuit Zolder Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ABC June 1
5 Spain Champ Car Grand Prix of Spain at Circuito Permanente de Jerez Circuito de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain ABC June 8
6 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio ABC June 22
7 Canada Champ Car Mont-Tremblant Circuit Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Quebec ESPN June 29
8 Canada Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario ESPN July 6
9 Canada Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta ESPN July 20
10 United States Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon ESPN2 July 27
11 United States Road America Grand Prix Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ABC August 10
12 Netherlands Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland at TT Circuit Assen TT Circuit Assen Assen, Netherlands ESPN2 September 14
13 Australia Gold Coast Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia ESPN2 October 26
14 Mexico Gran Premio Tecate Presentado por Banamex Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico ESPN2 November 9

Team and Driver Lineup (prior to unification announcement)[edit]

The following teams and drivers were expected to compete for the 2008 Champ Car season. All teams would have used a Cosworth 2.65-litre turbocharged V8 engine, a Panoz DP01 chassis, and Bridgestone tires.

Team No # Driver(s) Sponsor(s)
United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1 United Kingdom Justin Wilson [2] McDonald's
2 United States Graham Rahal [2] McDonald's
United States Forsythe/Pettit Racing 3 Canada Paul Tracy INDECK
7 France Franck Montagny INDECK
United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 4 Venezuela E. J. Viso PDVSA
14 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Muermans Group/Jumbo Supermarkets/OzJet
Australia Team Australia 5 Australia Will Power Aussie Vineyards
15 New Zealand Matt Halliday Aussie Vineyards
United States Rocketsports Racing 8 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi [3] Sangari [4]
United States Dale Coyne Racing 11 Brazil Bruno Junqueira TBA
19 Brazil Mario Moraes Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
United States KV Racing Technology 21 Canada Alex Tagliani TBA
22 Spain Oriol Servià [5] TBA
United States Pacific Coast Motorsports 29 United States Alex Figge Imperial Capital Bank
96 Mexico Mario Domínguez Mexico City Tourism Board
United States Conquest Racing 24 France Franck Perera [6] ARES [6]
34 France Nelson Philippe Juniper Property Development Group

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2008 IRL IndyCar Series". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Justin Wilson, Graham Rahal To Make Up Newman/Haas/Lanigan Lineup". champcarworldseries.com. 2008-01-29. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Rocketsports Signs Former F1 Driver". champcarworldseries.com. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Brazilian Company Sangari To Sponsor Enrique Bernoldi". champcarworldseries.com. 2008-02-01. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Oriol Servià Signs With PKV". champcarworldseries.com. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Conquest Racing Confirms Atlantic's 'Fearless' Franck Perera For 2008 Champ Car World Series Season". champcarworldseries.com. 2008-02-06. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-06.