Exploring what’s next for Derrick Walker as he announces he’s leaving IndyCar

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – The task of figuring out “what’s next” is what’s next for Derrick Walker, after today’s news was announced that he is leaving INDYCAR at year’s end.

The first bit of news is that this news, while it was only announced today, has seemingly been in the works for weeks.

“I was probably intending to leave INDYCAR anyway,” Walker told MotorSportsTalk during a brief conversation Thursday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“Still, I have a lot of respect for the series and the people inside it, more than most, I would have to say.”

Walker, meanwhile, really has to focus on securing a program for his sports car team. For several years, Walker Racing has run and operated the Team Falken Tire team.

Falken has announced it is withdrawing from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at year’s end, which leaves Walker’s sports car program high and dry.

As it stands, there’s nothing concrete for Walker’s team yet, but he is working diligently to ensure something materializes.

“We’re really pressing on that,” Walker said. “We have had some very interesting conversations.

“I was working hard before, and I’m even working harder now considering I don’t have a job by the end of the month.”