BTCC: Cox to partner Murray Walker

News from the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship 28/11/96 RACER COX IS MURRAY'S NEW MATE Former saloon car star Charlie Cox will join Britain's voice of motor sport, Murray Walker, in the commentary booth for BBC TV's expanded...

News from the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship 28/11/96

RACER COX IS MURRAY'S NEW MATE Former saloon car star Charlie Cox will join Britain's voice of motor sport, Murray Walker, in the commentary booth for BBC TV's expanded coverage of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship next year. Cox has been signed as Walker's co- commentator following his success as a guest pundit on two of this year's BTCC telecasts, which were consistently among the top-rating segments of the Grandstand programme. 'The response was terrific,' said Alan Gow, chief executive of series organiser TOCA. 'Charlie is a great talent going begging and we needed a second voice for next year because of the BBC's extended coverage. 'Murray wanted a sidekick and Charlie fitted the bill.' London-based Cox competed in the BTCC last year and this season emerged as a potential front-runner in GT sports car racing. The expatriate Australian also has an extensive background in broadcasting as a radio presenter-turned-manager. He is the managing director of DMG Radio, which has interests in Britain, Scandinavia and Australia. 'Charlie's witty, knowledgeable and a good presenter,' Gow said. 'He has a great understanding of the sport and of touring car racing, as well as a humorous way of expressing that knowledge that people relate to. He will work well with Murray, complementing his unique style. Murray is extremely happy that we've picked Charlie because he was impressed with what he did this year. They'll be good foils for each other.' Walker and Cox will front bigger and brighter telecasts of the 24-race BTCC, which replaces Formula 1 as BBC TV's motor sport focus next year. For the first time, there will be live telecasts of six selected races, with coverage of the remaining events doubled to one hour. 'It's going to be an exciting year to work with the BBC,' Cox said. 'The challenge of extended airtime and live shows is something I'm really looking forward to, along with working with Murray. 'It'll be a real privilege, I've been a long-time fan.'

Cox brings a wealth of saloon car competition experience to the microphone. He was Class A British Saloon Car Champion two years running before switching to the BTCC last year, when he was among the leading non-factory independent entrants until sidelined by a death-defying 135mph crash early in the series.

-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport

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ORLANDO, Nov. 25, 1996 -- Veteran Eliseo Salazar tested the first of the Indy Racing League's Dallara chassis to reach a race track today, running 94 laps in a Team Scandia car powered by an Oldsmobile Aurora V8 engine at Walt Disney World Speedway.

The car had been "fired" previously at the Team Scandia shops in Indianapolis and driven by team manager Luke Wethington last Friday for 10 minutes on a runway at Speedway Airport in Hendricks County (Ind.) for a systems check. Team Scandia's Dallara is chassis No. IR7-003, painted red with No. 33 on its engine cowling.

It is the second new IRL car to reach the track. A G Force chassis with an Oldsmobile engine, prepared by Treadway Racing, was driven by 1990 Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk for 152 laps Nov. 20-22 at Phoenix International Raceway. The first race for the new IRL machines will be the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora on Jan. 25, 1997.

QUOTES: ELISEO SALAZAR: "The biggest difference in the car is the sound. Basically, it reacts like any big formula car...when it comes down to really setting up the car, it'll be a lot the same, maybe a couple seconds slower. '97 is going to be very, very exciting for the IRL...having all these new tracks, new cars...I hope it puts more emphasis on the driver because that's the way motor racing ought to see who's the best driver."

DICK SIMON (engineer, Team Scandia, for Salazar): "I'm ecstatic. Eliseo fell in love with it. The cars are going to be so close together, and so competitive. The car is very responsive. The engineering that's gone into them is very good." (about the sound): "It's a beautiful sound. It's a unique sound, not quite like NASCAR, not quite like the (previous) car. What I'm hearing at 8500 RPMs, it's going to cause goose bumps when we get to 10,000."

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Series BTCC
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Arie Luyendyk , Alan Gow