Posted 06 April 2004 - 16:44
With the National Championship Trail originating in 1908 with its first events in 1909, its first chanpionship for drivers in 1916, the AAA Contest Board guided the National Championship until 1955.
In 1956, the US Auto Club picked up the National Championship.
Then in 1978 along came CART which ran its series for the 1979 season.
USAC also ran it series in 1979.
In 1980, the Championship racing League saw USAC and CART cooperate until USAC dropped out, CART running several events after USAC left.
In 1981, CART resumed its championship.
In 1980, USAC created the Gold Crown Championship which would run from Indy 1981 to -- and including Indy 1982.
The USAC Gold Crown Championship from 1983 onward to perhaps 1997 (??) was automatically given to the highest finishing Indy 500 driver -- or the one with any USAC standing?
1996, the Indy Racing League begins its championship.
2003, CART runs its last seasonal championship as the series folds.
2004, OWRS begins a championship based on the assets bought from CART.
Does this mean that now only the IRL can claim any sort of lineage back to 1909/1916; does the OWRS actually inherit the CART championship and lineage? Did CART actually ever have this lineage to begin with or did that lineage belong to the Gold Crown Series? Or ....
Posted 06 April 2004 - 18:04
I think the answer to your question would vary depending on who it was who answered it.
By my reckoning CART was the rebel series and therefore the IRL has a more direct linage to the original championship trail. Then again, I know I'm solidly in the minority in these (pro-road racing) parts so take my opinion with salt to taste.
Posted 06 April 2004 - 18:06
What's sad though, is that neither side seems to even care about the great history and lineage available to them. CART never made any attempt to acknowledge any history beyond 1979, and Indianapolis has always been about Indianapolis to the exclusion of anything else. It's too bad, there's a lot of exciting history out there, it just seems no one wants anything to do with it.
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