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Flashback: 5 Reasons the CART Fed-Ex Series Lost out to the Indy Racing League

Heading into 1999, the CART Fed-Ex Series was riding high. CART seemed to have gotten the best of the open-wheel split three years earlier. 1998 was a banner year, as 28 cars were at every race that year, and the series had nearly all the best drivers, tracks, and fans in the open-wheel world.Meanwhile, the Indy Racing League was still struggling, with subpar equipment, a lack of fans, and mostly second-tier drivers (1998 had only two drivers who had won a CART race: Scott Goodyear and Arie Luyendyk).Despite the losses of Alex Zanardi and Bobby Rahal, 1999 was looking to be another great year. However, over the next three seasons, a series of negative events hit CART so hard that teams, drivers, and tracks left the serie...

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