The IndyCar Series has made a tongue-in-cheek offer to Formula One drivers who are unhappy about high superlicence fees to join its championship - because its mandatory paperwork only costs $1000 (USD).
In the wake of the ongoing dispute between the FIA and F1 drivers over the dramatic rise in superlicence fees, which means world champion Lewis Hamilton must pay $270,000 (USD) for his licence this year, IndyCar's official website has carried a spoof story letter relating to the subject.
Addressed openly to all F1 drivers from Indy Racing League management, it said: "Know that IndyCar Series teams would welcome your participation in the 2009 or beyond season should you follow FIA president Max Mosley's suggestion of looking elsewhere to ply your trade.
"Please note that an IndyCar Series license fee is only $1,000 (U.S.) - a bargain that includes your/three guest hard cards for venue admittance, participant accident medical insurance coverage and other benefits. There are no closing fees, user fees, points fees or even landing fees for your aircraft."
Although openly admitting the letter is a joke, IndyCar bosses have confirmed that their licence fee of $1000 compares with NASCAR's $4000 and the recent Champ Car World Series' previous cost of $2500.