Walker Racing may yet reverse its decision to abandon plans to enter this year's amalgamated IndyCar Series after revealing that it has been approached with offers of help to get up and running.

Despite having two IRL cars at its workshop, and having fettled one in readiness for the forthcoming tests being run specifically for Champ Car converts, team boss Derrick Walker revealed at the weekend that he had been forced to pull the plug on his plans following the end of his business partnership with Australian Craig Gore.

While it is thought likely that Gore will take the Team Australia programme and driver Will Power to KV Racing - in a deal that could be announced later today [Wednesday], Walker said that he been left with no alternative but to shelve plans to enter the IndyCar Series and concentrate on running his Formula Atlantic programme in an effort to keep as many of his employees in work as possible.

Having successfully completed two days of Atlantic testing at Laguna Seca with Mansell brothers Greg and Leo and Canadian Kevin Lacroix, however, Walker was able to reveal a glimmer of hope for his IRL plans.

"After the statement we made on Sunday regarding our IndyCar effort, we have had tremendous support and a number of inquiries that may produce some ability to compete in the IndyCar Series on some level, whether it be a full or half-season," the ex-pat Scot commented, "At least, it will give us the chance to compete at some capacity. We remain cautiously optimistic."

There was also some positive news regarding the Atlantic programme, which now appears more secure than it did over the weekend, when Walker cast doubt on the future of the former Champ Car feeder series.

"It truly was good to get back to racing," Walker admitted, "We met with Atlantic officials, along with Dick Eidswick and Mazda, who really answered a lot of our questions. Everyone is doing their best effort to provide us with positive feedback. The good news is it will be a competitive season and I'm happy to say Walker Racing will be a part of it.

"All three drivers did a great job. The test went really well and we accomplished a lot. We completed lots of laps and the team did fantastic. There was a lot of good camaraderie, we really did improve quite a bit to everyone else and the overall times didn't reflect our true progress."



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