Reigning ‘King of California’ to Drive Heffner Racing Enterprises #27
Hellertown, PA (January 13, 2010)…Tyler Walker, 2009 Golden State Challenge Series King of California, has been named lead driver of Heffner Racing Enterprise’s Lelands.com-sponsored #27 car for 2010. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion’s first race as a member of the PA Posse will be the Icebreaker 30, Lincoln Speedway’s season opener, on Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m.
"I'm grateful to Mike Heffner for the opportunity and cant wait to work with Dennis Koehler, a long time friend and someone I have a great deal of respect for,” says Walker. “I really miss the big and fast tracks and look forward to being back in a more competitive series. I can’t wait to join the PA Posse and see the longtime fans I have in Pennsylvania. They’re the best fans in the country!”
Walker, nicknamed ‘T-Dub’, replaces veteran sprint car driver Sean Michael, who will spend much of the coming season serving as crew chief for his brother, URC champion Curt Michael. Still recuperating from a shattered knee, Sean will drive select races for Heffner Racing next season, providing they don’t conflict with the #5G schedule.
Heffner Racing Enterprises’ owner Mike Heffner is excited about adding Walker, known for his thrilling, high energy driving style, to the team. Only entering its second full season, Heffner Racing has already worked with some of the best drivers in sprint car racing. After a devastating crash last May sidelined Sean for the remainder of the season, Sprint Car Hall of Famer Keith Kauffman filled the seat, securing the team’s first win.
“Every new team dreams of winning races, and we’re no different. Making it to victory lane last year was one of the happiest days of my life—an indescribable feeling. I believe Tyler can get us there again. And again and again. He’s enthusiastic, aggressive and wants to win as much as we do,” says Heffner.
In addition to being 2009’s Golden State Challenge Series King of California (during which time he broke the single season record for wins in the series), T-Dub was also named USAC Silver Crown Series Most Improved Driver in 2004 and World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion in 2002 when he won sixteen races during the season.
Walker is credited with originating the celebratory backflip off his racecar, his signature victory lane move, which has since been copied by several other drivers
“I like to have fun on and off the track and I expect Heffner Racing and I to have a great time this season,” concludes Walker.
For more information on Heffner Racing Enterprises, including team bios, schedules, photos, and news clips, visit www.HeffnerRacing.com. To learn more about Tyler Walker, visit www.TylerWalker.com.