GT Daytona McLaren 720S GT3
- Jeff Kingsley
- Paul Holton
Toronto, Canada—Travis Walker is one of those guys who is just naturally gifted when it comes to driving a race car. Some have talent, but have to work that little bit harder to eke out the last few tenths. For Travis, quick lap times are something that come with seemingly effortless ease. That’s not to say those laps don’t come without effort, it’s just that they seem to come more naturally.
Compass360 Racing (C360R) reported today that Travis will once again be an integral part of the C360R KONI Sports Car Challenge team in 2009. He’s been with the team since 2005 and has been impressively successful in every series he’s competed in.
“I’m so excited to be back again with my team, the guys I have been with since the beginning of my road racing career,” exclaimed Travis. “They gave me my first win in FAQ and first podium in Grand-Am. I know we can go for a championship this year!”
T-Walk, as he’s affectionately known in the paddock, started his career in go-karts, winning two championships in the 2002 Grand Nationals. Like many karters, he made the move to sedans; for Travis it was the famous Honda-Michelin series which re-surfaced in the early 2000’s. Competing with top-running Canadian drivers including the Wittmer brothers, Travis earned the distinction of being the youngest-ever driver to win a Honda-Michelin race.
Travis impressed in his first-ever Grand-Am Cup race at Mosport in 2005, where he finished third. That same season he won the FAQ championship in an Acura RSX-S our team prepared. In 2006 he was voted Inside Track’s “Up and Coming Road Racer of the Year” by the readers of Inside Track Magazine.
In 2007 Travis started the season with C360R, but was quickly signed by Blackforest Motorsports to drive their GS and GT-class Mustangs alongside Quebec’s Valerie Limoges and Alex Tagliani.
Building upon T-Walk’s success in 2008 with the Compass360 Racing team (Travis and team owner Karl Thomson finished third at Daytona), he’ll be returning to full-time competition with C360R this year with an eye to taking the title.
“Travis is one of those guys who just fits with our team,” noted Technical Director Ray Lee. “He’s always able to go out and lay a fast lap down when we need him to in practice, and he knows how to manage the car so there’s enough left to go for the win at the end.”
Travis is one of a number of talented young drivers that will be calling Compass360 Racing home next year. The team will be announcing the other 2009 drivers in timed announcements over the coming weeks.