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Bourdais and the boys try to get a foothold in Europe

Chances are good that Champ Car's road course events at Zolder and Assen will be well-received. The big question is, asks John Oreovicz, will anyone not directly affiliated with the series even care?

Updated: August 20, 2007, 10:47 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Champ Car racing has been called a confusing array of names over the years, with "World Series" an official part of the moniker since 1980. But until 1991, when a race in Surfers Paradise, Australia, was added to the schedule of what was then known as the PPG/IndyCar World Series, the championship only sporadically left North America.

There were several false starts before then. In 1957 and '58, a non-points event known as the "Race of Two Worlds" pitted USAC Championship drivers ...

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