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Success of Vegas race seen as critical for Champ Car

The Champ Car season begins Sunday at Las Vegas. The success -- or failure -- of the race itself could be a bigger story than the winner, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: April 6, 2007, 9:16 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Following an offseason that produced as many questions as answers, Champ Car's inaugural Vegas Grand Prix is likely to feature more of the same.

The focus should be on what happens on the track in the Champ Car World Series' 2007 opener. But given Champ Car's recent "track record" in terms of staging new races, attention is likely to be diverted by the minutiae of the event itself.

Recent examples of Champ Car events that weren't ready for prime time include ...

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