CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Walker''s Shinji Nakano is Highest Finishing Rookie

Homestead, Fla., March 26, 2000 --- Walker Racing rookie driver Shinji Nakano was the highest finishing rookie in the his first oval track race ever. Nakano finished in eighth position at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami presented by...

Homestead, Fla., March 26, 2000 --- Walker Racing rookie driver Shinji Nakano was the highest finishing rookie in the his first oval track race ever. Nakano finished in eighth position at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami presented by Toyota in the #5 avex/Honda/Reynard/Firestone car. Nakano spoke about his first race for Derrick Walker's team. "At the beginning of the race there was still some oversteer in the car, but at the first (pit) stop we made a little change with the wing and the car seemed much better. The pit stops we made were perfect and the car felt really good. It was fun racing out there today, although I can't say yet that it is as much fun as road course racing, since I still have a lot fewer laps on ovals." Derrick Walker is one of the most experienced owners to compete in the CART FedEx Championship series and is the only open-wheel team owner to field full-time teams in both Champ cars and the Indy Racing series during the 2000 season. "I think we had a good race," said Walker. "At the start of the race the car needed a little bit of fine tuning,but after we got the first pit stop in everything worked according to plan. We're very pleased with the whole effort." "What is probably not known to many people is that our team engineer, Al Bodey, had to end up in hospital, so our team manager, Rob Edwards, engineered as well as managed the team this weekend, "continued Walker." We had a really good car today so congrats to everybody. "The next CART FedEx series race will be the Bosch Spark Plug Grad Prix presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway on April 9, 2000. The race will be aired live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET). Walker Racing's corporate sponsors include avex, Alpine, Mitsuba, Honda, Craftsman, DieHard, Delphi and Firestone.

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Drivers Shinji Nakano