Mansell sons to drive for WalkerUPDATE #2 On Wednesday Derrick Walker will announce a 3-car Champ Car Atlantic team for 2008 with the two Mansell boys plus Kevin Lacroix as his drivers.
10/11/07 Below are some photos from the Walker Racing test of the Mansell brothers at Sebring, and from when they were in the shop for their seat fitting.
10/09/07 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.
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