11 Facts About Championship Car


The cars that compete on the American Championship circuit are popularly known as "Indy cars" after the Indianapolis 500, the premier event of Indy car racing.

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Championship Car racing continued to grow in popularity in a stabilized environment for over two decades, with the two traditional disciplines of paved oval tracks and dirt oval tracks.

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In 1980 USAC and CART jointly formed the Championship Racing League to jointly run the national championship, but IMS management disliked the idea.

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Some other races from the Champ Championship Car schedule were dropped or put on hiatus for a few seasons.

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In 1992, the CamelCase term "IndyChampionship Car" was trademarked by IMS, Inc It was licensed to CART through 1997.

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The exceptions created confusion, and Champ Championship Car gradually phased out the usage to distance itself further from the IRL.

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In 2008, when Champ Championship Car merged into the Indy Racing League, the term "Champ Championship Car" was abandoned.

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Some successful IndyChampionship Car drivers have tried but failed to get a seat in even a low level Formula One team.

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American National Championship is notable for the wide variety of racetracks it has used compared to other series, such as Formula One and the various forms of Endurance sports car racing.

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Towards the end of its run, Champ Championship Car ran races at European tracks such as TT Circuit Assen and Zolder Circuit, intentionally scheduled in regions and dates that would not compete with Formula One.

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Champ Championship Car retained the rights to use the trophy after CART's bankruptcy, but use of the trophy was discontinued after Champ Championship Car's merger with the Indy Racing League.

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