Editor’s Note: The following stories were featured on page three of the Dec. 20, 2000 issue of National Speed Sport News.

GM’s Dropping Of Olds No Problem For IRL

OldsmobileINDIANAPOLIS — Despite General Motors’ Dec. 12 announcement it will phase out the Oldsmobile division over the next few years, it should not have a lasting impact on its current and future involvement in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series for which it supplies engines.

Joe Negri is the Indy Racing League program manager for GM Motorsports and is solidly behind the 3.5-liter V-8 engine effort. He believes the announcement to phase out Olds’ passenger car division will take several years and the Indy car engine program will likely continue under a different GM nameplate. Cadillac has a similar engine, the NorthStar, while Chevrolet has a six-cylinder version of the engine under consideration.

“What I can tell you is General Motors is committed to the IRL,” Negri said. “We have a program for next year with Oldsmobile. I don’t see that changing at all. Oldsmobile is being phased out over a few years and the IRL is an integral part of their promotional plan for next year. I don’t see any impact. Let’s put it this way, I’m not doing anything different.”

Other Headlines

– Arie Considers Indy 500 Return

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk is considering coming back from retirement to compete in this year’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

– IRL TV Goes Worldwide

Fifty additional European and African countries will receive live telecasts of all 13 Indy Racing Northern Light Series events, including the Indianapolis 500.

– Doty Tops NSCHoF Inductee List

Former sprint car driver turned race analyst for The National Network’s World of Outlaws coverage Brad Doty headlines this year’s impressive list of inductees into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.