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The Champ Cars are about to return to Europe. Pleased as he is to welcome them back, Damien Smith can't help but feel they're visiting the wrong tracks

Welcome back, Champ Car. It'll be good to see you in Europe again. But Zolder and Assen? What are you thinking? Of all the circuits to choose from on this side of the pond, you go for these two.

OK, I admit there is some market forces logic at work here. Both the Belgian and Dutch tracks should draw big crowds. Robert Doornbos and Jan Heylen will boost local interest, while Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Gommendy, Swiss Neel Jani and Brits Justin Wilson, Ryan Dalziel, Dan Clarke and Katherine Legge make this the most Euro-centric Champ Car field ever.

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