Indycar's President of Operations and Competition steps down
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 01, 2015
Derrick Walker IndyCar President Operations and Competition announced his resignation on Thursday. He has stayed longer than the duration of his original contract and wants more time to concentrate on his Tudor United SportsCar team, Team Falken Tire.
“I signed up with IndyCar on a two-year contract originally and have done more than that – almost two-and-a-half seasons,” said Walker. “And in the few moments when I’ve had a chance to evaluate what’s best for me, I decided that focusing on my TUDOR Championship team was what I should do.”
Walker was the man in charge of ushering in the Verizon IndyCar Series' new “aero kit” era.
The new aero kits for this series have been controversial in their own right. According to ESPN, former IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard was the original champion of the idea of the aero kit, but the implementation of the idea fell under Derrick Walker’s tenure as president.
The first incarnation of the aero kits didn’t have a proper system that tethered many of the pieces that would break off together, making street course races a debris-strewn mess and contributing to a spectator injury when one of those pieces flew over the catch fence. According to Walker, teams didn’t get the kits as soon as they would have wanted to because manufacturers were given extra time to develop them, which caused a shortage when they first came out.
When series race director Beaux Barfield departed after the 2014 season, IndyCar struggled to find a suitable replacement. Brian Barnhart eventually returned to a role he left behind in 2011, in part because no one else stepped forward to take the job.
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