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Twelve people, places and things to be thankful for in U.S. open-wheel racing

Sure, the split between Champ Car and IndyCar continues to haunt American open-wheel racing. But there's still plenty to be thankful for, writes John Oreovicz. Tracy, Castroneves, Kanaan and Andretti headline the 12 things going right.

Updated: December 21, 2007, 7:25 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

It's hard to deny these are tough times for American open-wheel racing, no matter what the spin doctors say. It's somewhat logical for multiple Champ Car titlist Sebastien Bourdais to graduate to Formula 1. But the fact that Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. -- the last two Indianapolis 500 (and overall IndyCar Series) champions -- are shifting their focus to NASCAR suggests that all is not well in the world unencumbered by roofs and fenders.

With that in mind (and with a nod ...

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