NA-F2000: Peter Walsh Named Irish Driver of the Year

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (April 19, 2000)—U.S. F2000 National Championship driver Peter Walsh has been named Irish Driver of the Year by RIAC (Royal Irish Automobile Club). Walsh, of Cork, Ireland, was awarded the Barney Manley Memorial Trophy...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (April 19, 2000)—U.S. F2000 National Championship driver Peter Walsh has been named Irish Driver of the Year by RIAC (Royal Irish Automobile Club).

Walsh, of Cork, Ireland, was awarded the Barney Manley Memorial Trophy for Irish Driver of the Year, beating out 1999 Formula One runner-up, Eddie Irvine. In 1999, Walsh captured the prestigious Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands) Formula Ford Zetec Championship, with wins at Assen, Zandvoort and Spa Francochamps. In the process, Walsh became the first Irish driver in history to win a Championship in Europe.

Walsh joins an elite group of previous winners including Irvine and ex-Formula One driver Martin Donnelly.

"We are pleased that Peter's talent is recognized throughout the world of racing," said Steve Djelebian Key Motorsport team owner. "He certainly deserves this honor. Given his intense focus and talent we are sure that he will attain his goals."

"My ultimate goal is to race for a top Formula 1 team, but first I'm racing in the ultra competitive F2000 series in the U.S.," said Walsh. "Next year, I'm aiming at Indy Lights and either go from there to Indy cars or Formula 1".

Walsh and Key Motorsport resume the 2000 U.S. F2000 season May 20th, with a doubleheader round at Mosport International Raceway.

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