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Vegas gamble pays off for Champ Car World Series

The inaugural Vegas Grand Prix revealed two things to John Oreovicz: Las Vegas knows how to stage a street race, and the Champ Car World Series could be in store for one heckuva season.

Updated: April 9, 2007, 4:32 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Two things stood out about the Champ Car World Series' season-opening Vegas Grand Prix:

• 1. The solid foundation established by the inaugural event.

• 2. The notion that this year's Champ Car series looks like it's not going to be another Sebastien Bourdais-Newman/Haas Racing runaway.

First up, the Las Vegas event itself.

Inaugural Champ Car races can range from the sublime to the ridiculous -- that was demonstrated in the space of two weeks ...

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