From Dan to Danica, 2008 campaign won't be lacking in drama

Will Dan Wheldon do enough in '08 to attract a NASCAR ride in '09? Will Danica Patrick finally get to Victory Lane? John Oreovicz poses these questions and others as he examines the eight drivers to watch in the 2008 IndyCar season.

Updated: April 2, 2008, 12:07 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

With the stroke of a pen (proffered by Minardi brand principal Paul Stoddart, so he claims), American open-wheel racing has been unified under the Indy Racing League banner.

The addition of five Champ Car teams has swelled the entry list for the IndyCar Series season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway to 26 cars, up from 20 a year ago and the third-highest total for an opener in the history of the IRL.

Each of the 26 drivers slated to compete at Homestead has ...

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