In May 1996, Andrew Craig was at the epicentre of the political storm tearing US single-seater racing apart.
As CART CEO, he was striving to keep his championship alive despite the loss of the talismanic Indianapolis 500 to Tony George's rival Indy Racing League, and working feverishly to ensure the success of CART's new US 500 at Michigan, which was going head to head with Indy.
Fast forward to 2008, and the warring series have been united, but with the IRL emerging triumphant and effectively absorbing Champ Car - the outcome that Craig was once determined to avoid.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.