Long overdue open-wheel merger stops the bleeding ... finally

Will American open-wheel racing ever be the same? Not a chance, writes Terry Blount. But Friday's announcement of an IRL-Champ Car merger is a start.

Updated: February 22, 2008, 9:37 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

The cold war of open-wheel racing is over. But the cold, hard facts of a 13-year bitter feud have left a scar that won't easily heal.

Finally, mercifully, Indy-car racing will have one league for the first time since 1995. Officials from the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series signed the papers Friday, announcing the anticipated merger.

All the top open-wheel drivers will compete on the same track at the same time for one championship. It is long overdue ...

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