Ex-F1 boss close to Champ Car switch

Thu, 2 November 2006, 08:29

Former Minardi chief Paul Stoddart is close to sealing his return to top open-wheeler racing.

The Australian businessman, who sold his Faenza based squad to Red Bull last year, has been contemplating a switch to America’s formula one-style Champ Cars.

He ‘continued negotiations’ with series organisers at the recent Surfer’s Paradise race, The Australian newspaper said. Stoddart, 51, said the likelihood of a team for 2007 is ’50-50′.

“The devil is in the detail and there are a lot of detailed discussions to be had,” he added.

Series boss Kevin Kalkhoven said Champ Car would welcome Stoddart.

He insisted: “I don’t know what Paul’s final decision will be but we certainly want to have him around.”


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