Toyota power for Newman-Haas, Patrick and PacWest

It is expected that Patrick Racing, Newman-Haas and PacWest will switch to Toyota engines for next year

Toyota power for Newman-Haas, Patrick and PacWest

Currently Toyota only has firm plans for 2001 with Chip Ganassi's team. Ford has contracts with Patrick and Newman-Haas, but both teams have made agreements to forsake Ford in favour of Toyota

With Mercedes pulling out of the CART series at the end of this season, there will be a major 'power shuffle' and wholesale changes are on the cards.

It looks as if Honda, Toyota and Ford will split next year's Champcar field close to equally among them.

Both Honda and Toyota look like powering eight or nine cars each next year while Ford could supply between seven and 10 cars with engines.

Committed to Honda for next year are the Penske and Green teams, totalling five cars in 2001. Also expected to run Honda engines are Adrian Fernandez's new team which is said to field two cars for Fernandez and Shinji Nakano, and Mo Nunn's team which may run two cars for Tony Kanaan and possibly Jimmy Vasser. Nunn says he hopes to announce his plans at the season-closing Marlboro 500 at the end of the month.

Remaining in the Ford camp next year are Team Rahal, Player's/Forsythe and Dale Coyne's team. Tom Wierengna's new Sygma team will also run Ford engines while other Ford hopefuls include Derrick Walker, Cal Wells, John Della Penna and Zakspeed. At this point however, none of these teams are set with sponsorship for next year.

The only team likely to run Ilmor engines at this stage is Arciero-PRG.

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