Terre Haute, IN -June 16, 2003- Tyler Walker and the R.E. Technologies race team came close to winning the Sumar Classic 100, but fell short when the ...
Terre Haute, IN -June 16, 2003- Tyler Walker and the R.E. Technologies race team came close to winning the Sumar Classic 100, but fell short when the #35 suffered possible fuel pickup problems with 17 laps to go Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Walker qualified 15th in the Curb Agajanian Special, but started 14th when Donnie Beechler was scratched. From there he moved up through the field cautiously passing cars to move into 9th position by the halfway mark. Walker took off passing 7 cars in 20 laps and set his sights on leader J.J. Yeley, but could never get by the eventual winner of the Sumar Classic 100.
"I knew we would be good in the race. I was just trying to be patient," explained Walker. "We ended up in second and I was still trying to be patient. I thought we would be alright."
On lap 81 the #35 developed fuel problems and started sputtering. The sputtering caused Walker to spin out bringing out a caution on lap 83.
"I ran around the outside of the race track all night," said Walker. "We got low on fuel and started sputtering and ended up spinning out. It was just one of those things."
The crew quickly refueled the car, but had to wait for the next caution to reenter the track. Walker came back onto the track 8 laps down and finished in 11th position.
"The car felt good and I was getting more comfortable each lap," Walker stated. "I am real happy with the team and our sponsor Curb Records. Everyone did a good job. We are going to do more testing at the Memphis Motorsports Park Monday in the pavement car. We will make some more improvements on it and go to Richmond strong. Hopefully, we will be able to come out of there with a win."
SCHATZ RETURNS TO USAC AFTER SHOWING IN HOMETOWN
Donny Schatz will return to the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series after racing in the Duel in the Dakotas over the weekend in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota.
"We had a good weekend here getting the win on Friday night, but came up just a little short tonight. I would like to thank Roger Johnson, my Silver Crown team owner, for allowing me to compete in Fargo this weekend. I am looking forward to returning to USAC in the pursuit of the Rookie of the Year title."
Schatz will practice in Memphis Monday for the next Silver Crown event. He will be in the cockpit of the #115 "Spirit of Knoxville" J&J for the rest of the Silver Crown season.
Donny and Tyler have a photo shoot scheduled for Monday June 15th in Memphis for the 2004 Memphis Motorsports Park/Race On calendar. The calendar is scheduled to go on sale in the Memphis area later this year.
TURN UP THE RADIO
Tyler Walker is scheduled to be a guest on "Let's Talk Racing" hosted by Joe Kelly on Thursday June 19th. The program is heard on WARV 100.3FM in Richmond. Walker was a guest on WSDX radio in Terre Haute on Wednesday June 11, 2003 to preview the Sumar Classic 100.
The R.E. Technologies Racing team will share the spotlight with the Indy Racing League Saturday night June 28th at Richmond International Raceway. The Dominic's of New York 100 will air on Speed Channel later that night at 8pm Eastern.
(Photos available upon request)