Walt Brannen Gets Ready to Return to His Roots Young Driver Makes Plans for 2007 After Spending Much of 2006 on the Sidelines ELKO, GA (November 29, 2006) -- The 2006 racing season started out with plenty of promise for Walt Brannen. The...
Walt Brannen Gets Ready to Return to His Roots
Young Driver Makes Plans for 2007 After Spending Much of 2006 on the Sidelines
ELKO, GA (November 29, 2006) -- The 2006 racing season started out with plenty of promise for Walt Brannen. The young Georgia driver had a shot at winning the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona against several NASCAR Nextel Cup Series entries, but a late-race wreck dashed those hopes.
The wreck also ended his season, although he didn't know it all the time. A lack of sponsorship kept Brannen out of ARCA for the remainder of the season. Since then, Brannen has knocked on a lot of doors in search of his next driving opportunity. Now, he's found that close to home -- with the rebirth of his family-owned race team, Walt Brannen Racing.
Now Brannen is gearing up for 2007 with a brand new Super Late Model that he hopes to debut this winter.
"We just picked up a new Frankie Grill [Grand American Race Cars] car and we're getting it ready now," said Brannen. "I'm excited about the new car -- I wouldn't run anything but a GARC car. We're planning on racing in the Georgia Asphalt Series next year and maybe some PASS South shows as well. I want to try to find a place to race just about every weekend."
In his time out of the seat, Brannen has still stayed close to racing. He has worked with the NASCAR Nextel Cup/Busch Series teams of Haas CNC Racing.
"I've been helping out the Haas team," said Brannen. "I've learned so much about the sport beyond just driving. There's the business side and the marketing side, and getting to know those a little bit more will help my racing career. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be able to see how a top-notch team like Haas operates."
Brannen has also been doing a little bit of racing thanks to the Haas team as well. He has been driving the Haas #6 car in Arena Racing League events at Charlotte's Cricket Arena.
"I've been running a car in the Arena Racing League and that has gone pretty well. Those things are fun to race and they've kept me in a racecar. Things have gone pretty well too. I finished third in a few races. I've been keeping sharp and having a great time."