G-Force plans to build Champ Cars

US racing car constructor Panoz G-Force could enter Champ Cars as early as next season by taking over the rights to this year's Reynard, claims a story in the week's AUTOSPORT

G-Force plans to build Champ Cars

Indy Racing League chassis builder G-Force, which comes under Don Panoz'z Elan Motorsports Technology umbrella, is negotiating to buy the Reynard 02I project from Walker Racing.

Derrick Walker's team bought the rights to the design after Reynard went bust in March this year, but now wants to switch his team to Lolas for 2003.

G-Force believes that if it puts its resources behind the Reynard, the 02I would be seen as a viable competitor for Lola's B2/00. Several new teams looking to enter CART are known to view the Reynard as an option.

But there are several stumbling blocks to G-Force's CART entry. One is an IRL insistence that constructors involved in its series do not build chassis for Champ Cars. A second problem is the cost-cutting freeze imposed on front and rear aerodynamics in CART this year. This may restrict the development G-Force could under take on the 02I.

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