IndyCar admits that it is in discussion with Derrick Walker about hiring the 68-year-old to take up a racing operations role within the series, although it says that no contracts have been signed.
SPEED reported earlier this week that Walker would leave his current post as team manager of Ed Carpenter Racing after this weekend's ALMS race at Monterey to take up his new role next week. But according to IndyCar, no deal has yet been finalised.
"We continue to have productive conversations [with Walker], but no contract is in place," an IndyCar spokesperson said.
Ed Carpenter Racing also denied that Walker is on the verge of leaving, and insisted that Walker remains part of the team – for now.
"That story was speculation," an ECR spokesperson said. "Derrick is still an employee of Ed Carpenter Racing. He will be with us during the Indy 500 month."
Walker's vast experience as a team manager and owner, coupled with his understanding of the challenges facing teams running on smaller budgets and the wide respect that he commands in the paddock, prompted former IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard to identify him early last year as the ideal candidate to work for the series as an interface between IndyCar and the teams. However, Walker committed to ECR instead.
Since then, Hulman & Co CEO Mark Miles has continued to pursue the Scot's services, and has spoken several times about the need to add more racing experience to the series' organizational side.