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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:10 (Ref:1203255)   #1
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Walker Confirmed 2 Lolas for 2005

http://www.champcarworldseries.com/N...le.asp?ID=8646
CC's website has confirmation from the 14th but only put up today that Walker Racing plans to run two Lolas in the upcomming season. Unfortunately there are no details on drivers or sponsorship. After the horrible news regarding the potential loss of Dominguez, I suspect CC's wanted to post something positive so this is it. Once upon a time Walker was a real threat for the championship, so perhaps now that they've have improved equipement perhaps they'll be competitive?

Does anyone know what caliber of Lola they'll be running and where they got them from? eg. I know for a fact that RuSport and Conquest were running lesser Lolas than NH and Forsythe. In case you've never heard or noticed that before, if you looked at them from front on it was quiet obvious that there were a number of different aero bits found on the newer/propriatary extra developed cars.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:18 (Ref:1203263)   #2
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Good news if he can get decent drivers
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:26 (Ref:1203272)   #3
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I thought Rahal "donated" the last of the Lola's to Honda. I'm sure Walker would have had to buy them new from England?
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:43 (Ref:1203281)   #4
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Derrick hardly ever gets decent drivers - usually just whoever has the money. Since de Ferran left he's had quite a mediocre batch overall, with Manning the one standout. Unfortuantely he's struggled bravely to kepe his head above water over the years,a dn I suspect this will continue.

How many Lola chassis are known to be in existance, how many teams are likely to replace their current worn-out ones with new ones, and how many are sitting inactive having not been used in 2004?
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:46 (Ref:1203284)   #5
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What odds a Valiante/ Marshall combination?

I would suggest RHR is probably in with a show too, depending on how things stand with his 2004 employers.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 21:59 (Ref:1203299)   #6
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I thought Nelson's LOLA was Michel's old one from Team Rahal if you look at them they have very similar paint schemes.

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Old 18 Jan 2005, 00:59 (Ref:1203396)   #7
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I think this was covered last season - iirc there are a number of Lola (pre-owned) still out there and of course they would be happy to build a few more. The problem has been finding owners with enough $$$ to buy pre-owned or new, not lack of supply.
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 02:09 (Ref:1203434)   #8
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Yeah that's really the way it is I believe. I don't know where the idea got thrown around that a chasis freeze meant that Lola would simply stop producing. I suppose it might have been spurred on by the fact that Reynard pretty much went under, and got sold a bunch of times... does anyone know who, if anyone, owns the rights to the Reynard chasis and the molds etc?

Still, it's sad to see the Reynards go.
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 05:03 (Ref:1203491)   #9
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I thought Derrick Walker still owned the rights to Reynard. No?
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 05:24 (Ref:1203494)   #10
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I believe you're right camcartfan, as I've never heard anything to the contrary.

And Omega99 is correct also. The "chassis freeze" is on development, the Lola factory can (and would surely love to) build brand-new cars under the existing specs.

I must wonder if Tres Hombres aren't scrambling around right now, trying to get some solid Mexican talent into the 2005 grid. Perhaps this is why no drivers were named?
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 09:18 (Ref:1203588)   #11
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so Mario haberfeld isnt in contention for a drive then is he ???
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 13:57 (Ref:1203770)   #12
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Here are some details on the story from SpeedTV. Mostly confirmation of the thoughts of the posters above.

http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/champcar/14753/
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 16:40 (Ref:1203875)   #13
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Seems like Vailente is the favourite for a drive, which would be fantastic long-overdue news. The notion of an OWRS-funded Mexican in the second car seems quite likely - although I doubt OWRS would confirm extra funding for that until they see for sure what HVM are doing.

I may have seemed a little critical of Walker before, so let me balance it out. Derrick's entries have a habit of performing beyond the theoretical potential of the driver - witness how Lavin did as well for him as a rookie as he did as a sophmore at Forsythe.
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Lavin performed the same with Walker as he did with Forsythe? That's the first time I've heard anyone say that. I don't remember in 2003 seeing Lavin qualify second, land a podium and be often be genuinely racy making professional passes on reasonably quick cars.
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Lavin's getting better. Now doubt bout that in my mind.

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