CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing driver Tora tests at one-of-a-kind Texas track

Indianapolis, Feb. 25, 2001-- Walker Racing Rookie Driver Tora Takagi Tested On The High-Banked Oval At Texas Motor Speedway This Week. The Weather Was Unseasonably Cold And Damp, And As A Result, Tora's On-Track Time WaS Limited. He Completed A...

Indianapolis, Feb. 25, 2001-- Walker Racing Rookie Driver Tora Takagi Tested On The High-Banked Oval At Texas Motor Speedway This Week. The Weather Was Unseasonably Cold And Damp, And As A Result, Tora's On-Track Time WaS Limited. He Completed A Total Of 76 Laps The First Day, With A Fast Speed Of 216.5 Mph.

"Tora Did Really Well On His First Exposure To The High Bank Oval," Said Owner Derrick Walker. "Texas Is A One-Of-A-Kind On The Cart Schedule And Promises To Be A Fast -- Don'T Sit Down -- Kind Of A Race. Once Again, Tora Was Quickly Able To Read The Track Even Though The Temperatures Were Not The Best And Gearbox Problems Cut Our Test Short, We Were Able To Come Away With Some Good Data To Get Us Pointed In The Right Direction." Tora And The Walker Racing Team'S Second Day Lasted Just 17 Laps, Due To A Gearbox Failure. His Fastest Lap Was The 17th At 221 Mph. "At Texas, I Could Go Flat For The Whole Lap On The Track For The FiRst Time In My Life, Even Though I Had Wondered If Such A Thing Was Possible," Tora Said. "On The Second Day, I Found 5 Or 6 Tenths Of A Second, And Just BefoRe We Got To Work On Going Even Faster, The Gearbox Failed. It Was Lucky That It Happened At The Exit Of Turn 2, And Not In The Mid-Corner Of Turn 2, Otherwise It Would Have Been A Big Shunt, As The Previous Lap Was My Best LaP Of The Two-Day Test. It Was Disappointing To Not Be Able To Put As Much Mileage On The Car As We Wanted. But, At Least It Is Good To Have Run On ThiS Track. Knowing The Track And Not Knowing The Track Makes A Big Difference On Raceday!

The Walker Racing Team Is Preparing For The Start Of The Cart Fedex Championship Series Season On March 11 At Fundidora Park In Monterrey, Mexico.

-Walker Racing

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Series IndyCar
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