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Derrick Walker joins series senior management

Derrick Walker is to become IndyCar's president of operations and competition at the end of the month, the series owners announced on Monday.
Former team owner Derrick Walker is to being his wealth of experience to a senior position within the IZOD IndyCar Series, it was announced today in Indianapolis.

Walker has been appointed president of IndyCar operations and competition and will take up the post on Monday, May 27 immediately after the Indianapolis 500.

"We're pleased to welcome Derrick Walker to this vital role," said Mark Miles, chief executive officer of IndyCar's parent company Hulman & Co.

Walker's job will give him the lead on liaising with team owners and suppliers on the subject of cost management as well as enhancing technical innovation sand safety programmes. Walker will also take the lead on developing relationships with potential new suppliers and on helping develop exciting new race formats to boost the vitality of the US open wheel championship.

Walker will report to Miles, while reporting directly to Walker in turn will be Brian Barnhart, who will serve as senior vice president of operations. Also reporting to Walker will be race director Beaux Barfield, vice president of technology Will Phillips and vice president of technology, timing and scoring Jon Koskey.

Firestone Indy Lights director Anton "Tony" George Jr. and IndyCar director of grassroots initiatives Jason Penix will also report to Walker once he takes up the position.

"We spoke with many of our constituents about an ideal person for this job, and Derrick's name emerged early and often," explained Miles. "Derrick stood out because his decades of experience in North American open-wheel racing blend ownership and management for his own race teams and other teams.

"He understands how to balance the technical and financial operations of our sport, and his confident leadership will provide a firm, clear direction for long-term IndyCar operations and competition," Miles added.

Walker's 40 years of experience saw him start as a mechanic and includes spells working with Ferrari in sports car racing, Brabham and Penske Racing in F1, and with Porsche and Penske Racing in IndyCar.




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Derrick Walker is announced as president of IndyCar operations and competition by Hulman & Co CEO Mark Miles. May 13 2013. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
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Jess Ketchum - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 7:02 PM

As a passionate fan of the series and CART before it my love of the sport has been enhanced unmeasurably by my friendship with Derrick. His passion for the sport, his well earned respect in the paddock, his keen business sense, his adherence to the highest moral standards and his likability quotient will all be instrumental in taking IndyCar to a whole new level. Every fan of the sport should be enjoying a new sense of confidence in the future of the sport we love! Buckle up and enjoy the ride!



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