CHAMPCAR: Long Beach: Walker Racing thanks fans

Walker Racing Thanks Fans for the Good Times Indianapolis, IN (April 15, 2008)- The 34th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach marks an end of an era for Champ Car's 29 years of rich racing. Walker Racing wants to take this opportunity and...

Walker Racing Thanks Fans for the Good Times

Indianapolis, IN (April 15, 2008)- The 34th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach marks an end of an era for Champ Car's 29 years of rich racing. Walker Racing wants to take this opportunity and pay tribute to their loyal supporters through the years, the fans.

As a thank you to them, Walker Racing will be dedicating an area on both sides of Alex Tagliani's No.15 Walker Racing Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01 entry on Sunday, April 20. Fans will have the chance to be an actual part of the race and sign their name on the car by making a charitable donation to CARA Charities and in return they get to be a part of history being made.

"Throughout our time in Champ Car we have had an extremely loyal group that has followed us all around the world and we owe them a great deal of thanks and gratitude for supporting us. This weekend is dedicated to them. Any fan who wants to make their mark and put it on the car can. There is a great charity in CARA, who has been a big part of Champ Car through the years. By making a donation to CARA Charities, Walker Racing will run your mark during the final Champ Car race on Sunday. For those fans that will be at Long Beach come and make a donation to CARA, we would love to see you and for those that can't be there, you will be missed," stated Walker Racing owner, Derrick Walker.

CARA Charities will be set up outside the Walker Racing transporters in the Champ Car paddock, on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. PST. Fans will also have the opportunity to have autographs signed and their picture taken with Alex Tagliani from 12:40 -- 1:00 p.m. on both days.

Walker Racing thanks everyone for the good times. The 34th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will get underway on April 18th. The final Champ Car race will take place, Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. local time and will be broadcasted on ESPN 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET. For more information on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com.

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About CARA Charities:

Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) was founded in 1981 to serve the professional auto racing community through charitable work and to promote the friendships of those involved in the motorsports family. CARA Charities occupies a special place in the motorsports community. Since its founding, CARA has donated more than $4 million dollars to dozens of philanthropic causes helping children, hospitals, scholarship funds, ministries and numerous charitable foundations.

About Walker Racing:

Walker Racing was formed in 1992 by racing veteran, Derrick Walker and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Walker Racing embarks on their 18th season of competition with a three car Atlantic program with drivers Kevin Lacroix, Greg and Leo Mansell, sons of former F1 and IndyCar champion, Nigel Mansell. Walker Racing has earned 6 victories and 16 pole positions, with drivers Scott Goodyear, Robby Gordon, Gil de Ferran, and Will Power. The team took home the Atlantic Championship in 2006 with Simon Pagenaud and has run the likes of Willy T. Ribbs, Robby Gordon, Gil de Ferran, Sarah Fisher, Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Goodyear, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. For more information on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com.

-credit: wr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Sarah Fisher , Scott Goodyear , Gil de Ferran , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Nigel Mansell , Willy T. Ribbs , Will Power , Kevin Lacroix , Simon Pagenaud , Leo Mansell