Per report, Derrick Walker to be named IndyCar competition boss

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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.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)