Memphis, TN- June 10, 2003- Tyler Walker and the R.E. Technologies race team are focused on the Weld Racing USAC Silver Crown Series championship as they head to this weekend's 8th Annual Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track. "I...
Memphis, TN- June 10, 2003- Tyler Walker and the R.E. Technologies race team are focused on the Weld Racing USAC Silver Crown Series championship as they head to this weekend's 8th Annual Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track. "I haven't lost sight of the championship," said Walker. "There are a lot of races left and lets face it, people have mechanical failures. Hopefully we are not one of them. If we can consistently run up front and stay out of trouble, I think we can definitely have a shot at it."
Walker, driver of the Curb Records Sponsored #35, likes his chances this weekend. "I really like the track there. I think it should be a good place for us. The track is a half mile and that usually means it'll be tacky, fast and rough, which is more my style."
Tyler Walker is no stranger to the "Action Track." The 2002 World of Outlaws Gumout champion has raced there numerous times. "My Silver Crown car will handle a lot different than my winged sprint car," said Walker. "It's just something that I am going to have to get used to. I am still discovering the limits of the Silver Crown dirt car."
In only his second Silver Crown dirt race ever, Walker was quickly moving up through the field at the Indiana State Fairgrounds before engine troubles ended his day early. "The R.E. Technologies Racing team did an awesome job," stated Walker. "The last few races were a big improvement from our first one. We have shown that we can be fast, now we have to make it through the whole race without having any problems."
"Tyler is still learning the car," said Team Manager Chris Santucci. "We need to keep the car balanced and comfortable for the driver and put ourselves in a position to win a race. The Sumar Classic 100 should give us one of our best opportunities to win."
R.E. Technologies Racing had a strong car for the Sumar Classic last year and Santucci plans on bringing the same set-up back this year. "We had the fastest car there last year so we'll basically take the same thing and see if we can beat them."
WALKER TIED FOR 4th FAST QUALIFIER
Tyler Walker is tied with Dave Darland in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier standings. Earl's Plumbing awards a $5,000 bonus at the end of the season to the driver who accumulates the most points from qualifying. Walker's points are a result of his 2nd quick qualifying effort at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
SCHATZ TO DEFEND HOMETOWN TITLE
Donny Schatz had to choose between racing at the Duel in the Dakotas and participating in the June 14, USAC Silver Crown Sumar Classic 100 at Terre Haute Action Track.
Schatz will return to Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, ND to defend his title at the Duel in the Dakotas World of Outlaws (WoO) event June 12-14th. Schatz took his #15 Parker Store J &J to victory lane in 2002 giving him his first victory in the history of the event at his home track. "This was a difficult decision for me," said Schatz. "Becoming the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year is the main focus of my career this year. But Fargo is my hometown and last year's win in Fargo was just incredible. I would rank it as probably the biggest win of my career. We will be back with USAC on the pavement at Richmond International Raceway (June 27-28) to pursue the Rookie of the Year title."
The Duel in the Dakotas is the only time Donny with race in his home state this season.
R.E. TECHNOLOGIES TEAM ON TV
The Hoosier 100 will be broadcast on Speed Channel, June 12 at 9pm EST.
(Photos available upon request)