INDIANAPOLIS – Respected veteran motorsports executive Derrick Walker will become President, Operations & Competition of IndyCar, effective May 27, Hulman & Company chief executive officer Mark Miles announced Monday.
Walker will be responsible for all technical and competition aspects of the racing operations at the open-wheel sanctioning body.
“We’re pleased to welcome Derrick Walker to this vital role,” said Mark Miles, chief executive officer, Hulman & Company, the parent company of IndyCar. “We spoke with many of our constituents about an ideal person for this job, and Derrick’s name emerged early and often.
“After speaking with many talented candidates, Derrick stood out because his decades of experience in North American open-wheel racing blend ownership and management for his own race teams and other teams. He understands how to balance the technical and financial operations of our sport, and his confident leadership will provide a firm, clear direction for long-term IndyCar operations and competition.”
Walker’s senior-level leadership experience will help him to foster improved communication with IndyCar team owners and suppliers in these crucial areas:
– Cost management
– Enhancing innovation within the current technical platform and race formats
– Continuing to emphasize and develop safety initiatives
– Sustaining programs and avenues to develop drivers and suppliers for the IZOD IndyCar Series
– Developing plans for future technical platforms