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Ryan Lewis Joins Walker Racing Champ Car Atlantic Team


Champ CarIndianapolis, IN (January 11, 2007) - Walker Racing announced today that they have signed Brit Ryan Lewis to join the team's line-up for the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. He will partner with Swiss, Simona De Silvestro, who signed with the team in November.

Lewis, a native of Hertfordshire, England will make his comeback to the Atlantic series this season. The 22-year-old came out of a successful 2006 Atlantic rookie year as he competed for the Mi-Jack Conquest team, scoring three podiums and four top-five finishes. Prior to that Lewis competed in the highly competitive British F3 Scholarship Championship where he posted 17 victories, 15 poles and recorded 17 fastest laps winning the British F3 scholarship class before moving up to the British F3 International series.

Walker Racing and Lewis hit the pavement earlier this week as they tested at Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, Florida on January 9th and 10th. Joining the team in the test was De Silvestro, Formula Renault UK Champ Carstandout, Irishman Patrick Hogan, and Walker's Formula BMW USA squad who tested two hopefuls Felipe Poletto and Giancarlo Vilarinho.

This marks the third series of tests for the team and the first for Lewis, as he demonstrated his on track talent today for the Walker crew. "It's great to have Ryan on board, obviously coming off of a strong first year in Atlantics last year we are keen to try and get back to back championships. The first test was a success and Ryan showed us he's got the speed," stated Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker.

Anticipating a rewarding and challenging year, Lewis looks forward to competing for the reigning championship team. "Obviously I'm very happy to join the winning team and hopefully I can live up to the potential the guys have set," said Lewis. "We had a good test, but the main thing we achieved is that we learned how to work together. The Walker Racing team is a great group to work with and they push me hard at every step. It's a Champ Cargreat environment for me to be in. I can't wait for the season to start."

Walker Racing made the jump to run an Atlantic team last season, announcing the move at the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. 2006 marked the first year for the team and a very good season at that, as they brought home the 2006 Atlantic Championship title with Frenchman rookie Simon Pagenaud.

Not only was it a beneficial test for Lewis and the Indianapolis based squad, but for all the drivers that participated. Walker Racing got down to business right away making a number of improvements and changes to the car while also giving, De Silvestro, Hogan, Poletto and Vilarinho more seat time.


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