Even if no one gives feedback, I'll go with this to the bitter end 1993 season
Before the 1993 IndyCar season started, many people didn’t have any clue about how Nigel Mansell would fare. For once, he didn’t have any oval races throughout his racing career. But modern IndyCar were also quite different from the high-tech Formula One cars, especially his dominant Williams FW14B. Mansell’s answer to all doubts was his first ever IndyCar victory at his first ever IndyCar race at Surfers Paradise. But that’s not to say that his PPG Cup win was a walkover. He fought all year with Penske’s driver Emerson Fittipaldi, but in the end, Nigel Mansell managed briefly to hold two championships at the same time, as he was still the reigning Formula One world champion.
In the 1993 season, it became more and more apparent that IndyCar has become a melting pot for driver from all over the world. Drivers from 16 different nations competed in the 1993 season, with drivers from the United States being the majority of course. Over the last couple of years however, drivers from Canada, South America, Asia and Europe found their way into the series. Naturally, some people started to ponder if IndyCar was still “American”, and if American drivers were still given a fair chance to enter IndyCar. If one looked at A.J. Foyt’s team, he might have been proven wrong. The “two Gordons” had a pretty good year, with both drivers occupying top-10 spots in the championship. 1993 was also the first year where Jeff Gordon competed in the iconic DuPont livery, thus earning him and team owner A.J. Foyt some money. Due to promising results in 1993, Foyt’s team was seen as the “Great American Hope”.
But Foyt wasn’t the only team owner to make for headlines. At the last round of 1993 season at Laguna Seca, two teams announced their entry for the 1994 IndyCar season. The first one was an Indianapolis-based team, run by John Barnes and Gary Pedigo, called Panther Racing. Given that the team was based in Indianapolis, rumours quickly arose about whether Tony George was giving financial aid to the new outfit, rumours George neither confirmed nor denied.
The next team didn’t need any financial aid, as its owner was already a billionaire. His name was John Menard. Prior to the 1994 season, Menard has only entered Indy, but now they wanted to make a big shot at the IndyCar series. There was one tiny problem; Menard has been famous for their V6 pushrod engines, based off a Buick unit. Most teams used turbocharged V8s however, so it took Menard some persuasion with CART. After some negotiations, CART finally allowed pushrod engines for 1994. There were fears that Menard would walk over the 1994 championship, but as it turned out, it wasn’t Menard that would profit from the rule change…