CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Walker Racing special scheme for Manning's car

Walker Racing 'Crosses into the Blue' with the United States Air Force. INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2003) -- Darren Manning's ...

Walker Racing 'Crosses into the Blue' with the United States Air Force.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2003) -- Darren Manning's #15 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car will take on a new look for this weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, sporting the distinctive United States Air Force winged logo on its sidepods in a tribute to troops defending the United States.

"We felt it was fitting to take this opportunity to show our support of the men and women of our armed forces in our first race in the United States since the conflict began," said team owner Derrick Walker. "The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will be paying respect to the troops in various ways throughout the weekend, and this allows us to enhance those efforts by further recognizing these men and women, the Air Force in particular, for their courageous efforts."

Over 8575 Air Force personnel operate out of three bases in the southern California region surrounding the Long Beach area.

"We are truly grateful that Walker Racing is demonstrating their support by promoting the Air Force in one of the series' largest events, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach," said Captain Jeff Owen.

Driver Darren Manning echoed the team owner's sentiments.

"The skill and courage of all the troops from the many nations that are involved in this conflict, including support from England, is truly amazing," Manning said. "I admire the sacrifice that these men and women are making. Our thoughts are with the troops for a safe return home."

Manning will take to the streets of Long Beach in his #15 Champ Car this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The race will air live Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. EST on SPEED Channel.

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