Cashed-up and ready to roll

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

THE part-sale of Walkin­shaw Rac­ing has given the fa­mous rac­ing team a $4.5 mil­lion dol­lar war-chest that could be used to hunt down DJR/Team Penske.

The Sun­day Mail can re­veal An­dretti Au­tosport and United Au­tosport com­bined to buy a 62.5 per cent share in Walkin­shaw Rac­ing for $4.5 mil­lion in a land­mark sale that will en­sure the team’s re-emer­gence as a Su­per­cars force.

Set to be known as Walkin­shaw An­dretti United from next year, the cashed-up out­fit will have both the fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal clout to take on Su­per­cars pace­set­ters DJR/ Team Penske and Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing.

Floored when Holden ended a spon­sor­ship deal af­ter more than two decades, the team once known as the Holden Rac­ing Team will have access to An­dretti Au­tosport’s global en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram.

Michael An­dretti, the fa­mous for­mer racer who heads An­dretti Au­tosport, has al­ready promised to bring Amer­i­can NASCAR tech­nol­ogy to Aus­tralia in his bid to make Walkin­shaw Su­per­cars’ best team.

“We are go­ing to be hand­son,’’ An­dretti said.

‘We have our tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor down here al­ready and he has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in NASCAR. He has a tonne of ideas about what he can bring from NASCAR. He only left NASCAR last year and he is the guy that is re­spon­si­ble for turn­ing one of the big teams around. He has a lot of things he has learned that he hope­fully will put in place here.’’

Walkin­shaw, who took over the fa­mous team when his fa­ther Tom passed away in 2010, said he would de­liver on his prom­ise to make his fa­ther’s team great again.

The Holden Rac­ing Team won 179 races and six cham­pi­onship in a V8 blitz lead by legends Peter Brock, Mark Skaife and Craig Lown­des.

“We cer­tainly hope Walkin­shaw said.

“We have to now make sure we de­liver on it. There has been a lot of work get­ting to this point but the real work is just start­ing. We have to start work­ing to­gether and de­liv­er­ing so­lu­tion to the race team that will de­liver re­sults. It won’t change over night but we are adamant it will.’’

An­dretti has also made it his mis­sion to se­cure a new man­u­fac­turer for the team af­ter the Holden walk­out. so,’’

LEGEND: Michael An­dretti.

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