Cashed-up and ready to roll
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.