- March 9, 2006 -
NEAL ADDED TO SEBRING LINE-UP
TRAFFORD, PA (March 9, 2006) – John Walko Racing has added yet
another talented young driver to the mix as the team plans its
inaugural assault on the STAR Mazda Championship.
Casey Neal, a 2005 Red Bull Drivers Search Finalist, will join the
team at the season opening race at Sebring International Raceway on
March 17th where the STAR Mazda series will compete as part of the
54th Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The Cincinnati, Ohio based driver brings a stellar record in karting
to the table, including wins in both the Stars of Karting and WKA
national events as well as WKA National, regional and local
Championships. His brightest accomplishment to date however has been
his dominant performance in the Red Bull Drivers Semi-Finals where
he set fast time en route to winning all eleven races.
That ability to quickly learn and adapt was evident to John Walko
early on in a recent test at Roebling Road Raceway, “Casey’s first
laps were essentially a shakedown run as we brought a newly rebuilt
car. We had some bugs to work out in the car early on but Casey
adapted well and was very quick.” Walko continued, “I was impressed
with how quickly he learned.”
The team reviewed the data from the initial runs with Casey,
offering suggestions on what he needed to work on in the following
sessions. Walko again was impressed by the seventeen year olds
results. “After reviewing the data and listening to the coaching,
Casey made all of the necessary changes and was instantly quicker.
His ability to listen and learn showed in the lap times.”
Walko is excited to have Neal join JWR at Sebring to open the
season, “We are very happy to have a talented young driver such as
Casey in one of our cars. This is also an excellent situation for
him as he will have the benefit of teammates and an experienced crew
to learn from.”
John Walko Racing, along with drivers Charles Anti, Ross Smith and
Casey Neal begin their STAR Mazda Championship season at Sebring
International Raceway, March 17th as part of the 54th Annual Twelve
Hours of Sebring. The team is seeking interested drivers to join JWR
for the STAR Mazda series. Testing programs and full or partial race
seats are available for the 2006 season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Additional team information can be found at