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Champ Car: A Sensible Silly Season

With a new chassis to level the Champ Car field, and with even less opportunities to drive in Formula One (as there will no longer be a third driver on Fridays), the 2007 driver market in the North American series is all abuzz. So what seats are available, who are the likely candidates, and which drivers deserve a better shot? David Malsher looks at all the possibilities

It's that time of year where a conversation with a driver or team owner can rapidly switch from gear selections, fuel feed problems and the consistency of tyre compounds to gossip about who goes where next season. Of course, the teams and drivers are rarely keen to discuss their own choices with journalists, but they're eager to chat about their rivals' prospects. It's entertaining, and as long as you remember to fit your bullshit filter, informative too.

This year, thanks to the do-over that Champ Car will receive in 2007 with the new Panoz DP01, the permutations - and, it seems, the negotiations - are apparently endless. I don't want to get ahead of ourselves here, but as of now, it looks like there will be an abundance of driving talent in the Champ Car World Series next year. So let's look at the prospects.

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