The removal of Craig was something of a put-up-or-shut-up move for Rahal, because he had been one of Craig's most vocal critics on CART's 12-member board of directors. "I don't think anyone is satisfied with where we are," says Rahal, who owns the cars driven by 1999 Indy 500 champ Kenny Brack and Max Papis. "We can be better as an organization and as a sport. Even though this is interim, I see it as a mandate to take CART to a new level."
Cart's biggest problem is dwindling attendance and TV ratings for its races at a time when NASCAR's numbers are flourishing. Securing a new TV deal—the current seven-year contract with ESPN expires in 2001—is at the top of Rahal's to-do list, along with setting up a meeting with Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George to resolve the CART-IRL feud. CART's 2001 schedule also must be finalized.