CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing, World Speed Motorsports to Field Atlantic Car

Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker joined World Speed Motorsports owner Chuck West on Tuesday to announce that they have formed an alliance to campaign an entry in the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship. The joint effort has been formed to help ...

Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker joined World Speed Motorsports owner Chuck West on Tuesday to announce that they have formed an alliance to campaign an entry in the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship. The joint effort has been formed to help further develop new driving talent, beginning in karting and progressing through the Formula Mazda, Atlantic and Champ Car ranks.

The driver will be announced at next weekend's CART season opener, the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The FedEx Championship Series opening weekend also will play host to a season-opening double-header for the Toyota Atlantic Championship.

"Chuck and I started talking and realized that we could cooperate in many ways to our mutual benefit," Walker said. "We're always looking for up-and-coming talent and, strategically, our unification covers a lot of inventory over the whole base of open-wheel road racing. Joining with World Speed and becoming a part of CART's feeder series provides us with a proven platform to promote from within as well as expand our reach across the board, not only in terms of prospective drivers, but also for mechanics and engineers as well."

As part of the alliance, the team's driver will participate in a CART rookie test in Walker Racing's Champ Car, which will be driven this season by rookie Shinji Nakano (Avex Honda Reynard) in the FedEx Championship Series, assuming a competitive level of skill is demonstrated during the Atlantic season. "Derrick runs what is unquestionably one of the finest organizations in professional racing," said West.

"I was attracted to Walker Racing not only because of its outstanding reputation, but also because this alliance completes our ladder system and positions us within the Champ Car family. Derrick presented us with the opportunity to share our resources, and by working together, we both will benefit on many levels."

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Shinji Nakano