Q If a Formula One car raced against a CART machine, which would win?
A On a twisty course, like the one built at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for last Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix, CART's Michael Andretti would have no chance against F/1's Michael Schumacher. Though the engines for both open-wheel racers produce about 800 horsepower, F/1 cars (like the one below) are about 400 pounds lighter. Says Andretti, who raced on the F/1 circuit in 1993, "That helps with braking, cornering and acceleration. An F/1 car is going to outperform CART in all those areas." Opinions are split as to whether the same would be true on an oval. Derrick Walker, a former F/1 mechanic who owns Walker Racing team, which competes in CART and IRL, believes the CART machine, with a top speed of 240 mph (to the F/1's 225), would rule. Andretti, though, thinks the F/1's weight advantage would give it the edge. So, does the bulkier CART vehicle have any advantage over an F/1 car? "Yes," Andretti says. "In an accident."