CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America Walker Racing report

Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug 20, 2000 --- Walker Racing experienced both extremes on the racetrack today - good at the new Eurospeedway racetrack in Germany, and not so good at the Motorola 220 at Road America. Earlier today, Walker Racing made ...

Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug 20, 2000 --- Walker Racing experienced both extremes on the racetrack today - good at the new Eurospeedway racetrack in Germany, and not so good at the Motorola 220 at Road America. Earlier today, Walker Racing made history as they were the first to ever run an open-wheel racecar on the Lausitz track. Bryan Herta took the wheel of the #5 avex/Honda/Reynard/Firestone car for a demonstration at the new Eurospeedway racecourse in Lausitz, Germany in front of 100,000 screaming fans. However, at Road America, driver Shinji Nakano's day ended early. Nakano started 22nd in today's Motorola 220 on the 4.048-mile permanent road course and had moved up to 18th position by the time of the first pit stop. After four tires and a full load of fuel, Shinji wasn't able to get the car back in gear to leave the pits, and the Walker Racing team's day was done. "We didn't get very much time to race today before we had the problem," said Shinji. "But the car was good out on the racetrack. I think we could have had a good finish today." Since Shinji was racing at Road America, Walker Racing took advantage of an invitation from the Eurospeedway track to put Herta on the 2-mile superspeedway's opening weekend with Bryan at the wheel. Herta subbed for Nakano at Long Beach and Rio earlier this season when Shinji was recovering from injuries sustained in a private testing accident at Milwaukee. "Wow, that was unbelievable, there were just under 100,000 people here today and there was not racing at all, just demonstrations by different types of cars," said Herta. "We did two ceremonial laps first thing this morning, and then ran eight more later in the day and to finish we did some donuts just for fun, and the audience was on their feet and yelling the entire time. The interest from the fans is enormous, and they were so kind. People kept telling me over and over again 'thank you for coming here." It's going to be a spectacular place to race. The track is great; it's most like Rio, but faster than that. It's very wide and I think passing is going to be good. That combined with the huge amount of interest will make the Eurospeedway a fantastic place to race at." The historic champ car demonstration was run in conjunction with a weekend-long grand-opening celebration at the Eurospeedway facility. The champ car exhibition was done to show fans in Germany what the CART FedEx Championship Series cars actually look and sound like. "The fans were very enthusiastic when Bryan did laps on the superspeedway and they were cheering very loudly when they saw how fast he went," said Eurospeedway general manager Hans Fischer. "We at the Eurospeedway are very proud to offer this historic opportunity to the fans here, and to introduce Champ car racing to the German community and the rest of Europe. The German 500 will be run at the Eurospeedway on the weekend of Sept. 13 - 15, 2001. Walker Racing's corporate sponsor partners are avex, Alpine, Mitsuba, SpeedWRX.com, Dell Computer Corporation, NGK, St. Elmo Steakhouse, Honda, Reynard and Firestone.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano