WALKER RACING SIGNS NEW SPONSOR PARTNERS
Indianapolis, Indiana March 30, 2005 - - Walker Racing announced the formation of Team Australia Racing with two Australian business men to campaign a two car team entry in this years Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season opener at Long Beach California on 10th of April 2005. Australian Marcus Marshall and Canadian Alex Tagliani will drive the team's number 5 and 15 Lola race cars.
Australian businessman Craig Gore of Wright Patton Shakespeare Financial Group became interested in Champ Car when Walker Racing entered a car for WPS driver David Besnard in last year's Champ Car Surfers Paradise event. Besnard finished 7th in that event. Gore, whose company is headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, also competes in the V8 Super Car Series.
Said team owner Derrick Walker, "I first approached Craig about the Team Australia Racing concept as a way he could be involved in the sport by bringing in sponsorships and also share in some ownership of the race program element only. This involvement provides sponsorship assets without having to buy into my race team. Walker Racing is still 100% owned by me and continues to look for business opportunities. As the months passed the idea began to gain support from Craig and he introduced another businessman, John Fish, who has major plans to introduce his Australian wines (Aussie Vineyards) to the US market. From there the program quickly took shape and we have an exciting fresh race program that symbolizes the New World order in Champ Car today. "
Walker continues, "Craig and John bring unique business skills to the table that make this program partnership a win win! That's something we also want to be doing on the track pretty soon."
The Aussie Vineyards brand will be the primary sponsor identity on both of the Team Australia Racing entries. Other sponsors will include Bridgestone, Ford, Cosworth, Bosch, and Roshfrans.