Walker Racing continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season as they successfully commenced their second round of testing in Sebring, Florida today.
It has been all work and no play for the Indianapolis based squad, who has been making preparations for the upcoming season. Entering their third year of competition in the Champ Car Atlantic series, Walker Racing continues their efforts to find and breed young talent for the pinnacle of the sport and introduce them to the competitive racing platform of the Champ Car Atlantic program.
The team made the announcement in August that they will pilot Canadian Kevin Lacroix in one of the Walker Racing entries in 2008, announced a strategic partnership with Performance Friction Brakes in September and just recently completed their first round of tests at Putnam Park Raceway.
Former Champ Car and Formula One champion, Nigel Mansell and his son’s Leo and Greg consider Champ Car’s Mazda Atlantic Series for 2008.
"I was really pleased to be able to test Nigel’s sons in our Atlantic cars. We are getting a lot more interest from Europe ever since the introduction of the new car, which offers good competition at a reasonable cost and the $2 million dollar Championship prize for a driver to move up to Champ Car. It really has been an enjoyable couple of days of testing," commented Derrick Walker, owner Walker Racing.
The two brothers have always competed on the same teams together starting out in karts, making their way up the open wheel ladder, competing in the Formula BMW UK championship in 2006 and the British F3 International Series in 2007. The duo wanted to try the Atlantic series, due to its international appeal and potential for moving forward in the ranks of professional racing.
After a successful two day test the Mansell’s were happy with the experience they had. "What a great experience, the car had so much grip and it does exactly what you want it to, for a driver that’s fantastic. Walker Racing is by far the most professional outfit we have worked with by a mile. Every change we made we continued to move forward," commented Leo Mansell.
Leo’s brother Greg had a similar feeling, "Today was brilliant. The Atlantic car was a handful, the ground effects and the natural progression from a Formula 3 car to the Atlantic car was amazing and for it to still be a handful was great. Walker Racing was fantastic to work with. It was definitely refreshing to work with such a professional team that works so well together. It felt like I was working with an F1 team and I had to keep reminding myself it was an Atlantic team," stated Greg Mansell.
"It has been a lovely couple of days. It is such a joy to see a professional team work like Walker Racing and to see my boys go around in two identical cars that are very well matched is very rewarding for the team and myself. The times the boys were doing and overall experience has definitely given us an awful lot to think about," said Nigel Mansell.
"Leo and Greg got a really good appreciation for the Mazda Atlantic car and they both did a very good job indeed. It will be great to see them in Atlantic’s next year as I think they would do very well in the series," commented Walker.
Walker Racing will continue to formulate their 2008 line-up with another set of tests in the near future. For more information on the team please visit www.walkerracing.com
Minardi Team USA and the Champ Car World Series will hit the streets of Surfers Paradise on October 19-21, 2007, and the team’s Australian co-owner, Paul Stoddart, hopes for nothing less than another podium visit for drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke.
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Popular French driver returns to the Champ Car World Series to defend his Australia title this month with the support of Juniper Property Development Group
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Conquest racing is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with leading financial services firm, Opes Prime Group Ltd, for the #34 car of the Champ Car World Series.
Opes Prime is a stock broking and asset management firm based in Australia and Singapore, which specializes in securities lending, equity financing, structured products, trade execution and corporate adv weiter >>
Alex Figge and Mario Dominguez wrapped the final test session of the team’s rookie season yesterday at Sebring International Raceway. It was a very productive test for the California based team, rookie Alex Figge ran in the top-six both days and his ne weiter >>
David Martinez completed a successful two day test with Forsythe Championship Racing at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the last two rounds of the Champ Car World Series.
The Mexican driver surprised everybody with his pace as he was able to lap t weiter >>
Conquest racing announced the appointment of Julie Murphy to the position of Sales and Marketing Director. Julie joins Conquest with over ten years of successful sales and marketing experience in both the US and European markets.
During her career, she consistently received top awards for her excellence in performance, leadership, execution, tactical planning, a weiter >>
Even though it had been almost a year since David Martinez was behind the wheel of a Champ Car, today he proved that he is ready to compete against the top drivers in the Series alter completing a successful first day of testing at Sebring International Raceway which he lapped only weiter >>
Mexican driver David Martinez traveled to Indianapolis to visit Forsythe Championship Racing’s race shop this week. The primary reason for the trip was to create a custom fit seat and adjust the different controls, dials and pedals in the new DP01 chassis which Martinez will be testing for the first time Monday and Tuesday at the historic Sebring International Raceway.
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Asian Formula RenaultV6 leader, James Winslow, will be testing the DP01 for two days next week
Conquest Racing is keen to announce they will be participating in a two day test, September 24th and 25th, at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida with promising rookie driver, James Winslow. This will be an evaluation test for Winslow and an opportunity for Conqu weiter >>
Pacific Coast Motorsports announced today that Mexican racing star, Mario Dominguez will replace Ryan Dalziel in the #28 PCM Champ Car at the two remaining races of the 2007 Champ Car World Series season.
An aggressively growing team both from the business dev weiter >>
Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke wrapped up their second day of testing at Sebring International Raceway today, completing the squad’s final test of the 2007 season.
While most of the other Champ Car teams are opting to visit Sebring later in the month, taking some time off after the two European races, Minardi Team USA isn’t resting. With weiter >>
Mexican driver David Martinez announced today that he will join Forsythe Championship Racing for the final two rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. His first race will be the Lexmark Indy 300 which will take place October 19th – 21st in Surfers Paradise, Australia.
For the Season finale Martinez will return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, weiter >>
At most overseas ‘fly-away’ races, Champ Car teams do not have the luxury of their private hospitality units in which they entertain sponsors and guests at races as they do in North America. With Minardi Team USA’s strong European connections, however, the team decided that it wa weiter >>
Pacific Coast Motorsports, a two-car team in the Champ Car World Series, has secured motorsports executive, Clayton Triggs to lead the team’s business development and expansion programs.
"Clayton has a proven record of success and we are thrilled to welcome him weiter >>
Graham Rahal completed the European leg of the 2007 Champ Car World Series with a ninth place finish. Today’s inaugural Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland at the Assen TT circuit drew a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans and gave Rahal his tenth top ten finish this seaso weiter >>
After his seventh position start Jan battles to a Champ Car career high 2nd position
After finishing in first position in the morning warm up session, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) went on to finish his European visit on a high note wi weiter >>
It was a generally unsatisfactory day for Minardi Team USA and drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke, at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix of Assen, ultimately brightened only by Speedy’s fastest race lap. The drivers looked strong in the first weiter >>
The Rocketsports Racing team and Alex Tagliani just could not get the breaks they needed to salvage a better finish in the inaugural Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland in front of a huge Dutch crowd in Assen, The Netherlands.
After starting 12th on the grid, Taglia weiter >>
European fans flocked to the TT Assen Circuit by the thousands today as Forsythe Championship Racing and the Champ Car World Series completed the inaugural Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix under beautiful sunny skies. Forsythe’s drivers had mixed results at the 2.830-mile permanent road course with Oriol Servia climbing from his 13th starting position to finish eight, and Paul Tracy weiter >>
GOMMENDY FOURTH, JANI FIFTH
2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing places both cars in the top-five for the first time this season as Tristan Gommendy finished fourth and Neel Jani fifth today in the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Pri weiter >>
The Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland- Assen, Holland
Pacific Coast Motorsports may be a rookie team, but they are comprised of Champ Car veterans who carry multiple championships between them and that has shown throughout the season, but e weiter >>
... at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Holland
Great strategy, flawless pit work and a fine drive from Justin allowed him to claim his first victory and fourth podium finish of the 2007 Champ Car season. The result was all the more impressive cons weiter >>
Considering his fantastic qualifying session in the wet on Friday, Justin Wilson and his #9/CDW crew arrived at the TT Circuit Assen on Saturday morning to more rain and dark clouds that actually brought smiles to their faces. Knowing they had a car that could put them at the top weiter >>
For over five decades, open wheel racing has had a rich tradition in America. Hundreds of aspiring drivers have tried to work their way up the infamous ladder to pave their way into Champ Car, but many haven’t had the opportunity to make it that far, until now. Walker Racing and Performance Friction Brakes are proud to announce that they have formed a relationship to help talente weiter >>
After showing significant speed during the practice sessions at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix, Forsythe Championship Racing had a frustrating qualifying session which saw Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy qualify in the seventh and ninth rows for Sunday’s race.
Servia, who is weiter >>
A Disappointing Qualifying Session Leaves Rocketsports’ Tagliani 12th on the Grid for Inaugural Holland Champ Car Race
Weather was not a factor in Assen, The Netherlands today, but it was a continued struggle with understeer that would ultimately hurt Rocketsports Racing’s driver Alex Tagliani as he participated in the final round of qualifying for Sunday’ weiter >>
GOMMENDY TO START THIRD, JANI FOURTH
Round #12 – 2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing qualified both cars on the second row of the starting grid with Tristan Gommendy lining up third and teammate Neel Jani fourth for tomorrow’s Bavaria weiter >>
Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke will start the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix of Assen from mid-field, having qualified ninth and tenth respectively following this afternoon’s final qualifying session. While Dan improved three positions from yeste weiter >>
He will start in seventh position for Sunday’s race
In today’s final qualifying session, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) was prepared to defend the unofficial lap record he performed in yesterday Qual weiter >>
The Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland Assen, Holland
Friday, August 31, 2007
Pacific Coast Motorsports kicked off the final round of their European adventure today, at the TT Assen Circuit. The 2.830-mile circuit is known for its fast, flow weiter >>
Weather Throws off a Good Start for Rocketsports Racing’s Tagliani in Assen
The Champ Cars headed out today to begin on-track preparations for Sunday’s Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland at TT Circuit Assen, which made for a long day of le weiter >>
It was a day of mixed emotions for Minardi Team USA and drivers Robert Doornbos and ‘Speedy’ Dan Clarke, who completed their first qualifying session at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix of Assen. After threatening earlier in the day, rain arrived in the middle of the afternoon weiter >>
... but Unable to make the most of Today’s Tricky Damp Qualifying Conditions
Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) and the Conquest Team had planned to leave behind their recent misfortune and have a strong provisional quali weiter >>
Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy of Forsythe Championship Racing qualified provisionally in the fifth and tenth positions for the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix, second and final round of the Phanos Champ Car European Team Cup. The Forsythe duo lapped the extremely fast and challenging 2.830 weiter >>
Round #12 – 2007 Champ Car World Series season – PKV Racing’s Tristan Gommendy provisionally qualified second while teammate Neel Jani is 11th on the grid for Sunday’s Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Assen, Holland.
Gommendy, weiter >>
Justin took full advantage of the wet first qualifying session at Assen to take the provisional pole in the #9/CDW/RuSPORT car with a lap time nearly one second faster around the 2.83 mile, TT Circuit Assen than second place qualifier, Simon Pagenaud in weiter >>
After a very eventful race in Zolder, Belgium, Justin Wilson and his #9/CDW team took a couple of days to unwind in Europe to prepare for this weekend’s race at the TT Circuit Assen. Departing Zolder Monday morning, the team drove to Spa-Francorchamps to visit the track that Justin lists as his all-time-favorite track to drive in a race car.
After a relaxing lunch in the weiter >>
Event: The Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland
Round: 12 of 14 in the 2007 Champ Car World Series
Where: TT Assen Circuit, Assen, Holland – 2.830 mile permanent road course
TV: September 2, 2007 at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN Classic
Frustrated by his finish at the Circuit of Zolder, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) is more determined than ever to fight for a strong finish at this week’s Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix in Assen, Holland. For a second week in a row, Jan will be rac weiter >>
Graham Rahal’s European Champ Car trip started well last weekend with a fourth podium finish in the Belgian round. Moving on to the Netherlands for the second event in the double-header, the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racer is looking for further success on his first visit to the Asse weiter >>
ROCKETSPORTS ASSEN PREVIEW
Bavaria Beer Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland
TT Circuit Assen, Assen, The Netherlands
Round 12 of 14
August 31 – September 2, 2007
Provisional Qualifying: Friday, August 31, 2:00 weiter >>
Minardi Team USA drivers Robert Doornbos and Dan Clarke have arrived in the Netherlands for the second European race of the 2007 Champ Car World Series season. This marks a high-profile return to his native Holland for Robert, who has the opportunity to showcase his talents in fr weiter >>
TEAMMATE TRISTAN GOMMENDY LOOKING TO CLOSE GAP TO 10TH PLACE
PKV Racing driver Neel Jani will be trying to regain his position in the top-five in the championship standings while teammate Tristan Gommendy will attempt to close the gap to 10th in the points this weekend at the inaugural Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix at TT Circuit Assen in Assen, Holland. weiter >>
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Rocketsports Racing went into the Zolder race with the knowledge that it was going to be all about the strategy, however, taking a gamble earl weiter >>
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The inaugural Champ Car Belgian Grand Prix was not memorable for Minardi Team USA in the way the team would have liked. It started well enough, weiter >>
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The Forsythe duo of Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy finished sixth and tenth at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium, the first round of the Phanos C weiter >>