Per a report on SPEED.com from Robin Miller, also of NBC Sports Network, IndyCar has hired Derrick Walker as its new competition director.
Walker, 68, is a veteran IndyCar team owner and would serve as the liasion between the paddock and series management. A formal announcement is expected next week.
He currently serves as team manager for Ed Carpenter Racing in IndyCar (Carpenter pictured right, at Barber this year) and in the same role for the Team Falken Tire Porsche team in the American Le Mans Series. How those roles will be impacted by this appointment is yet to be determined.
The Falken team competes this weekend in the ALMS round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif.
His racing history began in the 1970s, working with Roger Penske first in Formula One and then in IndyCar, prior to starting his own team.
Walker last fielded his own IndyCar entry in Champ Car in 2008 for Alex Tagliani; it was previously known as Team Australia for three seasons previous owing to Aussie Vineyards sponsorship, and fielded a variety of drivers including Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. Pagenaud won the Formula Atlantic championship driving for Walker in 2006.
Since then, Walker Racing has raced in Indy Lights (2009-10) before Walker shifted into the team manager positions.