2008 American Championship Car season
Series  : Champ Car
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The 2008 Champ Car season was to have been the 30th season of the series. It was scheduled to begin on April 20, 2008 and end on November 9. The season, with the sole exception of the Long Beach Grand Prix (won by Will Power), was canceled February 21, 2008 because of the buyout of Champ Car by the rival Indy Racing League.[1]

The Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton and the Gold Coast Indy 300 were retained and transferred to the Indy Car Series schedule.[1] The schedule included what would have been the first Monterey Grand Prix since 2004.

Later on, Toronto (2009) and Houston (2013) would also be revived by the unified series.

Grands Prix (prior to unification announcement)Edit

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location TV Date
1 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California ESPN2 April 20
2 USAflagsmall Grand Prix of Houston JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park Houston, Texas ESPN2 April 27
3 USAflagsmall Champ Car Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California ESPN May 18
4 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit Zolder Circuit Zolder Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ESPN on ABC June 1
5 22px-Flag of Spain Champ Car Grand Prix of Spain at Circuito Permanente de Jerez Circuito de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain ESPN on ABC June 8
6 USAflagsmall Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio ESPN on ABC June 22
7 25px-Canadaflag Champ Car Mont-Tremblant Circuit Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, Quebec ESPN June 29
8 25px-Canadaflag Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario ESPN July 6
9 25px-Canadaflag Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta ESPN July 20
10 USAflagsmall Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon ESPN2 July 27
11 USAflagsmall Road America Grand Prix Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ESPN on ABC August 10
12 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland at TT Circuit Assen TT Circuit Assen Assen, Netherlands ESPN2 September 14
13 25px-AustraliaFLAG Gold Coast Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia ESPN2 October 26
14 25px-Mexicoflag Gran Premio Tecate Presentado por Banamex Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico ESPN2 November 9

Team and Driver Lineup (prior to unification announcement)Edit

The following teams and drivers were expected to compete for the 2008 Champ Car season. All teams would have used a Cosworth 2.65-litre turbocharged V8 engine, a Panoz DP01 chassis, and Bridgestone tires.

Team No # Driver(s) Sponsor(s) Test Drivers
USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson [2] McDonald's N/A
2 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal [2] McDonald's
USAflagsmall Forsythe/Pettit Racing 3 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy INDECK N/A
7 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny INDECK
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Minardi Team USA 4 22px-Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso PDVSA N/A
14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos Muermans Group/Jumbo Supermarkets/OzJet
25px-AustraliaFLAG Team Australia 5 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Aussie Vineyards N/A
15 25px-Newzealandflag Matt Halliday Aussie Vineyards
USAflagsmall Rocketsports Racing 8 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi [3] Sangari [4] N/A
USAflagsmall Dale Coyne Racing 11 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira TBA N/A
19 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
USAflagsmall KV Racing Technology 21 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani TBA N/A
22 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià [5] TBA
USAflagsmall Pacific Coast Motorsports 29 USAflagsmall Alex Figge Imperial Capital Bank 25px-Mexicoflag David Martínez
96 25px-Mexicoflag Mario Domínguez Mexico City Tourism Board
USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 24 22px-Flag of France Franck Perera [6] ARES [6] N/A
34 22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe Juniper Property Development Group
  • The driver line-up represents the entry list for the Sebring Test.

See alsoEdit


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