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Power is in the engines -- again

Updated: March 15, 2004, 12:18 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

It goes without saying that a major factor that contributed to CART's downward slide after the split with the Indy Racing League in 1996 was its inability to prevent its engine manufacturers from gaining too much clout. Toyota was often seen as the political instigator, notably by sparking the popoff valve fiasco at Detroit in 2001 and attempting to strong-arm CART into a 3.5-liter normally aspirated engine formula.

Now Honda is shaping up as a serious power player in the war that continues ...

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