CHAMPCAR/CART: Veteran Driver Herta to substitute for Walker Racing driver Nakano

INDIANAPOLIS, April 10, 2000 - Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker announced today that CART FedEx veteran driver Bryan Herta will substitute for injured driver Shinji Nakano and drive the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, April 10, 2000 - Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker announced today that CART FedEx veteran driver Bryan Herta will substitute for injured driver Shinji Nakano and drive the #5 avex/Honda/Reynard for Walker Racing in both the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Rio 200 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Champ car races. Nakano continues to make good progress in recovering from injuries he sustained in a private testing accident at the Milwaukee Mile on March 31. He is currently under the care of neurologist Dr. Terry Horner in consultation with Dr. Steve Olvey. Dr. Horner and Dr. Olvey have determined that Shinji should not participate at the Nazareth, Long Beach or the Rio de Janeiro CART FedEx Championship Series races. "Bryan is a winner and was a natural choice to use as a substitute driver for Shinji, "said Walker. "We were very fortunate to be able to find a driver of his caliber who was also available. We owe Forsythe Racing and Gerry Forsythe in particular for allowing us to use Bryan." Herta will fill in for Nakano at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 14 - 16) and the Rio 200. Herta is under contract with Forsythe Championship Racing and has been loaned to Walker Racing for those races. His career highlights include two CART FedEx Championship wins (from the pole) at Laguna Seca Raceway, and he also had nine (out of a total of 20) top-five starts during the 1999 season. "After missing the first couple of races of the 2000 season, I was definitely itching to get back in the car," said Herta. "So when Derrick presented me with this opportunity, it was a good chance for me to do some competitive racing while giving the Forsythe team some time to sort out their situation. I'm grateful to Derrick and Gerry for allowing me this opportunity, and at the same time I wish Shinji the best in his recovery and I look forward to turning the car back to him in good condition." The next CART FedEx Championship series race will be contested at Long Beach, Calif. on Sunday, April 16. The race will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN at 5 p.m. (ET.)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano