Christijan Albers Tests Walker Racing Champ Car at Sebring
INDIANAPOLIS (December 14, 2004) -- Dutch driver Christijan Albers and the Walker Racing team completed his first Champ Car test at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida today. The driver took his first laps in a 750 horsepower Champ Car in unusually cold conditions for this time of the year. The test is in preparation for the 2005 season, which will be the 16th consecutive season for the experienced Walker Racing team.
Derrick Walker, team owner of Walker Racing, said "the windy, cold conditions are not the best for his first Champ Car test, but Christijan did very well considering the weather. He quickly got down to some very respectable lap times and even though the test was one day, we managed to accomplish a lot". "It is encouraging that there are a number of talented drivers who are now considering the Champ Car series as a viable alternative to Formula One. It provides exciting, competitive racing for drivers and teams while providing exceptional value for corporate sponsors" continued Walker.
Driver Christijan Albers was impressed with his first test in a Champ Car "we had a good day, given the cold weather conditions. I have to say the power of the engine was incredible, and I was surprised how smooth the turbo was giving the power. I am used to tire warmers, so it took a little time to get used to driving such a powerful car on cold tires". Albers continued "the car has more technology than I expected and has quite a lot of downforce, but overall the car is very fun to drive".
After completing almost 100 laps in very cold conditions at the Sebring course today, Christijan has a good impression of the Champ Car series and the Walker team "The guys on the team and the engineering were all great, and Mr. Walker wants to win races just as I do, so we have common goals for the future. I think Champ Cars and Walker Racing are a good option for Christijan Albers for 2005".
The Indianapolis-based team is making the transition to the Lola chassis for 2005, and the test is one of the last runs for the reliable Reynard chassis. "For 2005, we are focusing our efforts on developing a two-car effort with Lola chassis and world-class drivers" said Walker. "Champ Car's second season with new ownership should continue to grow its world-wide audience, and thus lead to potentially new sponsors coming into the sport looking to reach those fans" added Walker.