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Twenty cars unlikely for IndyCar opener

Updated: February 20, 2004, 1:13 PM ET
Associated Press

There shouldn't be many traffic jams on the track when the Indy Racing League opens the season.

Only 18 drivers have secured deals for the race Feb. 29 in Homestead, Fla., despite all the strides made in the open-wheel series since its founding in 1996.

Unser Jr. Among those who probably will be sitting on the sideline, at least for the first race: two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and Sarah Fisher.

"It's a very tight sponsorship market with lots of competition," ...

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