Walker Racing to reach 300th start threshold. INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2003) - Walker Racing will reach a milestone 300th team start when rookie drivers Mexican Rodolfo Lavin and Briton Darren Manning take the green flag for this weekend's Grand...
Walker Racing to reach 300th start threshold.
INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2003) - Walker Racing will reach a milestone 300th team start when rookie drivers Mexican Rodolfo Lavin and Briton Darren Manning take the green flag for this weekend's Grand Prix of Monterrey, Round 2 of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
Since the team's first season in 1991 to the 2002 season-finale at Mexico City, 14 drivers have piloted Walker Racing entries for a combined total of 296 Champ Car starts. At the 2003 season-opener Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Manning's 11th qualifying effort and Lavin's 19th place made the 297th and 298th Walker Racing starts respectively.
"It's not a number we watch, so it's amazing to have it come up," said team owner Derrick Walker. "Basically I love watch I do and it's great to have been able to do what I love for so long, and to continue to do it.
"In 13 years, a lot has happened and changed in racing. It's no longer just about nuts and bolts, engineering the car successfully, etc., although those are obviously key elements, but it's also about making racing a feasible business venture for all involved. It's been a challenge to change with the sport, a challenge that I enjoy. There are more challenges, more accomplishments for us as we look ahead and we look forward to that."
The team has a fresh new face for the 2003 season with new talents behind the wheel and new staff coming on board to support those efforts as the team once again expands to a two-car Champ Car team for the first time since 1999 when Walker Racing campaigned Gil de Ferran and Naoki Hattori. While there are many changes for the season, the team and its veteran staff have been a staple in the Champ Car paddock for 12 years.
Nearly a third of the team's staff has been with Walker Racing for five or more years, a tribute to the owner's noted loyalty and fairness. Linda Recentio, Walker's assistant, George Sinn, who oversees the team's finances, and fabricator Dan Hare have been with Walker since 1989 when he was general manager of the Porsche Indy Car team (of which Walker purchased the assets in 1991 to form Walker Motorsports). Team Manager Rob Edwards, his assistant Lori Broyles, fabricator Andy Lewis and Marketing Director Gary Dausch have been with the company for ten years while newly-appointed Crew Chief Neil Brown, mechanic Keith Beck and engineer Al Bodey have been with the team eight, six and five years, respectively.
Entering this weekend's Grand Prix of Monterrey the team owns ten pole positions, 26 podium finishes and four race wins.
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