Walker Racing to Become Team Australia

Derrick Walker has sold a controlling interest in his Champ Car operation to a pair of Australian businessmen, and the team is to be rebranded Team Australia

Walker Racing to Become Team Australia

The pair, Craig Gore and John Fish, were behind the appointment of Australian racer Marcus Marshall - who is believed to be signed to the team until the end of 2006, and the two have brought in Aussie Vineyards as the team's principal sponsor.

Gore was also responsible for Australian driver David Besnard's one-off race in Surfer's Paradise with the outfit last year.

Walker will retain an equity involvement in the team, as well as running the operation. At the announcement of the deal, he noted: "The dealings we had with Craig and his team gave us all the enthusiasm to maintain a relationship and explore ways we could continue to work together.

"We investigated a number of options but ultimately concluded there were greater benefits in a partnership arrangement with Craig and his partner. I will continue to focus on the day-to-day operation of the team from my base at Indianapolis, while Craig and John will focus on broader management issues, such as sponsorship and team development."

Marshall, a former race winner in British Formula Three, will be the first Australian to race in an Australian team in the series. "It hasn't sunk in just yet," he noted, "but I'm betting it will hit me square in the face when I'm lining up on the grid at Long Beach."

The team, which will run in the Australian national colours of green and gold, will make its debut at the Californian race on April 10.

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