IndyCar president Derrick Walker to leave post at end of season

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Derrick Walker (photo from IndyCar)

INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2015) – IndyCar’s president has decided to leave the company at the end of this year’s season.

Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, will leave effective Aug. 31 in order to “pursue other professional opportunities,” IndyCar said Thursday. The racing series is already looking for a replacement. Walker had served in the position since 2013.

“We have benefited from Derrick’s extensive racing experience, his tireless effort and his passion for INDYCAR, and he will be missed,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We appreciate the thoughtful way Derrick has planned his transition and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

During Walker’s time with IndyCar, the series added the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and secured a race in Boston for the 2016 schedule. Here’s part of the news release from the racing series:

(Walker) spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits. His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at IndyCar,” Walker said in a statement. “After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities.”

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