Indianapolis, IN. December 4, 2003 - Walker Racing, one of the longest running and most successful teams in CART Champ Car racing, has announced plans to evaluate four up-and-coming drivers at the Sebring International Raceway during the week of December 8.
This first of two planned tests, will include Toyota Atlantic standouts, Canadian drivers Michael Valiante and Jonathan Macri as well as Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel who finished third, fourth and second respectfully in the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Joining the Atlantic drivers will be German Timo Glock, a recent winner in the German F3 series.
"There is a lot of young driver talent out there and with all the changes that have happened in the sport over the years, it's clear that we need to find a way to give this talent an opportunity to progress in the sport of open wheel racing" said team owner Derrick Walker.
Walker Racing will take its 2003 Reynard chassis and provide two days' worth of evaluation and simulation for each driver. Data analysis and feedback sessions with the engineering staff will also be key parts of the two-day program.
"The intention is to expose these drivers to what could be the next logical step in their careers. We will run through a packed schedule designed to give them a good solid feel for what CART racing is all about from a driver's perspective" says Walker.
Just as important to their on-track performance, their off-track marketing opportunities will also be evaluated. Walker Racing is working with each driver to develop a strategy for attracting sponsor partners for their 2004 programs. With an eye on the future, a key component of today's racing driver is their ability to work with a team to generate the necessary funding to keep their careers progressing to the next level.
Walker Racing, based in Indianapolis and established in 1990, is one of the sport's longest, continuously-run open wheel racing teams. As a specialist in providing single-seat racing programs, Walker Racing has the ability and experience to compete in both the Champ Car Series and the IndyCar Series in North America. Walker Racing successfully implemented business-to- business driven sponsorship programs for companies such as Mackenzie Financial, Valvoline, Cummins, Pioneer, Proctor & Gamble, Corona Beer, and NTN Bearings. Additionally, Walker Racing has developed Diversity Marketing racing programs with a focus on the Asian, African-American, Female and Latino markets. Drivers such as Scott Goodyear, Robby Gordon, Gil de Ferran, Sarah Fisher and most recently, Darren Manning and Rodolfo Lavin, have all raced under the Walker Racing banner. Throughout the years, Walker Racing has enjoyed on-track success by securing ten Pole Positions, twenty- seven podium finishes, four CART victories, including second in the 1997 Championship, as well as two second-place finishes in the famous Indianapolis 500.