The rumors that have been swirling around for weeks about F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone buying the CART series are gaining some substance: http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoSports/ts.ts-10-23-0113.html IF this is really true it will be very interesting to see how it develops. Bernie was absent from last month's USGP (it is rare for him to miss a GP) and was in Europe on "important business" At the same time his old friend Chris Pook, CART's CEO, was also in Europe on "important business". Hmmm. Some months ago Pook said that CART's new engine formula for 2005 would likely be a 3.0 liter V-10, which just happens to be the same format that F-1 uses. Hmmm. Some sort of alliance between F-1 & CART could be very beneficial to both. CART has for a long time been the only series that can even be considered to be in the same league as F-1 although it has fallen a long way from 1993 when the 92 F-1 Champion Nigel Mansell raced in CART and the 92 CART Champ Michael Andretti raced in F-1. If CART uses F-1 style engines, it would create a market for customer engines from Ferrari and Cosworth and may encourage other manufacturers to produce customer engines also and it would leverage the manufacturers investment with added exposure in North America. Bernie has more countries lining up wanting to give him $15-20 million a pop for the privilege of organizing a Grand Prix. If CART morphs in to "F1 1/2" he can give those who loose out on a F-1 race a substitute. CART would also provide an intermediate step between F3000 and F1. (Which is exactly what Williams used it for with Montoya & Sir Frank knows a thing or two about developing drivers). Another benefit from all this is that Pook is also the promoter for Long Beach and maybe the USGP will eventually return there!