Philadelphia, China Still On

The mooted Champ Car races at Philadelphia and China are still on the cards for next season despite their absence from next year's schedule, according to senior executives

Philadelphia, China Still On

A new race in Houston, Texas was the only additional event on next season's 15-race schedule announced last weekend at Denver.

The Paul Newman-backed Philadelphia event and the previously announced race in Beijing, China were missing, but Champ Car executives told the series' official website that these could still be added for next season.

Executive vice president Joe Chrnelich said: "Paul Newman and I visited Philadelphia City Hall a few days ago at the request of the city after they had asked us to put together an assessment on a circuit and viability which we did our meeting went very well.

"However, when you deal with a city of that size, the elected officials have to talk to their constituents and they have to go to their touchstones before they make a final decision. I think we're making progress and we'll be patient and see it it's for real next year."

Champ Car president Dick Eidswick said that the proposed Chinese event could be paired with a race in Japan to create a far-east tour for the series.

"China is important to us and we're tying to add one or two more events," said Eidswick. "It's the coordination of the network times available vs. the race start times."

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