Walker Racing was successful in IndyCar,
winning races with Teo Fabi, Scott Goodyear,
Robby Gordon, Gil de Ferran and Will Power.
Derrick’s squad currently campaigns the
Falken Tires Porsche (RIGHT) in ALMS GT.
Walker promises to gradually reintroduce diversity to IndyCars, that extends to more than merely varied paint schemes.
concern: these cars have to be demanding
to drive, and too much downforce and not
enough hp could return us to pack racing.
Any chance that IndyCar will allow
chassis, engine and tire manufacturers
to compete head to head again?
Yes, diversity is coming, hence the press
conference in Detroit [see July RACER].
It took a long time to get us where we are
right now, so it takes us a little longer
than is ideal to get back on the right path,
without blowing everyone’s budget. We
can’t suddenly say, “OK, 2014 is run
what ya brung!” otherwise a lot of these
teams just won’t be able to afford to
compete. Give us time to take what is
good from the current situation and steer
it in a different direction.
but then, maybe we haven’t been saying
to enough people, “Hey, try us.”
How imporant will it be to police the
amount of downforce a car/kit can make?
Very important, because we understand
how much downforce could be generated
by changing these body panels. If we’re
increasing the amount of load that
components have to take, we’re
increasing the chances of failure if those
components have only been built to a
certain limit. Power, of course, is a big
Is there any chance that we will ever see
a green-white-checkered finish in
IndyCar, at least on ovals?
I think fans deserve to see a race finish
under green, and it’s something I intend
to examine for the future. I’m all for
tradition, but as exciting as the Indy 500
was this year, I guarantee that the most
exciting laps would have been the last two
laps under green, with Tony Kanaan
versus three Andretti cars. It would have
been an amazing end if it had gone to a
be on the schedule in 2014.
…NE W TRACKS
IndyCar shows well at Phoenix (LEFT),
it’s in a good region, and I definitely
think we should be there. The layout
should be fast, but it needs the right
technical package to make it racy. We
can do that. Road America is also
possible and I hope we do return
there. There’s definitely some interest
in Ft. Lauderdale; it’s attractive to us,
but it’s too early to say if it’s going to
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RACER magazine contributors Robin Miller
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