USA: HWR tests drivers at Putman Park

HWR Tested Three Talented Drivers This Week at Putnam Park Indianapolis, IN (October 7, 2006) -- The 2006 season may be over for Formula BMW USA team, Haberfeld and Walker Racing, but the search for aspiring talent has begun for 2007. ...

HWR Tested Three Talented Drivers This Week at Putnam Park

Indianapolis, IN (October 7, 2006) -- The 2006 season may be over for Formula BMW USA team, Haberfeld and Walker Racing, but the search for aspiring talent has begun for 2007. Earlier this week the team kicked off the first of many tests as they tested three young hopefuls at Putnam Park in Indiana.

HWR has shifted gears as they search for future talent with the help of driver development programs and other racing initiatives. Taking part in the test earlier this week was Rotax Max Challenge winner, Mackenzie Johnson. The 16 year old California native, benefited from the initiative created by Champ Car and Rotax Max which allows young drivers the opportunity to move forward with their racing careers. Johnson won the challenge and the opportunity to test in the HWR Formula BMW car, at the Rotax Max Grand Nationals at the Champ Car World Series Road America event, which took place September 22-24.

Also among the young driver that tested with HWR this week was female Australian sprint car driver, and student in the Lyn St. James driver development program, 23 year old Veronica McCann. Completing the round of testing was Mitch Cobb, 16 year old Colorado native. Cobb currently races in the ICA karting class.

"This week was the first of many test for the team and we had some great talents testing with us. Now that the season is over we have shifted our gears for 2007 and have begun our search for young talent," stated HWR co-owner Derrick Walker.

With the excitement of the 2007 season approaching, HWR's two car operation will be searching for new and hopeful talent and this week was the first of many. For more updates on HWR visit www.walkerracing.com <http://www.walkerracing.com/> .

About the team:

Embarking on their first year as a team, veteran driver Mario Haberfeld and seasoned team owner Derrick Walker joined forces in January to create a program promoting young up-and-coming drivers through the ranks of racing. With the formation of this new partnership between the row racing veterans, Haberfeld brings his expertise to the table to coach these young drivers as Walker bring his vast knowledge as a team owner. Headquartered in Indianapolis, HWR joins Walker's two other programs in the Champ Car World Series and the Champ Car Atlantic Series. With the new addition of the Formula BMW USA team, both Haberfeld and Walker look forward to many successful season of molding these young, talented drivers.

-credit: hwr

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Lyn St. James