Fresh off of its second consecutive class victory at Petit Le Mans, Team Falken Tire principal Derrick Walker tells RACER the Japanese tire brand has made a decision regarding its ongoing participation in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“I can be very definitive: We are doing the TUDOR series next year with Falken, and we are also trying really hard to find more sponsor partners to make it a two-car program,” said the Scot (LEFT) who also serves as IndyCar’s president of competition.
Falken drivers Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler and Marco Holzer put the unmistakable blue and green Porsche in Victory Lane for the first time this season, and Walker hopes to make it happen on a more frequent basis if he can double the team’s presence on the GT Le Mans grid.
“It’s the next step in Falken’s development – a two-car team, and we’re out searching for the money to make it happen,” Walker continued. “We’re very bullish about making that second car appear, and very bullish about next season in TUDOR.”
Walker says the series’ issues during its inaugural season have not deterred Falken or diminished the tire company’s enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
“I think the series has a lot of potential; I wouldn’t mistake some of the administrative issues blending the two series together as a long-term problem,” he noted. “They’re going through those growing pains, and I wouldn’t take that away from them. Falken likes what they see, our team likes what we see, and we’re in for another year.”