Don't etch this in stone yet, but PaddockTalk (which is rarely linked at My Name Is IRL because of all the silly pop-ups on that slow-loading dog of a site) has quotes from former IRL owner and more recently CCWS owner Derrick Walker saying his team is NOT going to be re-joining the IndyCar series.
"It's a great pity that the team has had to abandon our IndyCar program. So much work by so many has gone into the Team Australia program over the last three and a half years, but now it will remain unfinished business for us. I wish my co-partner well with his new venture and so to Will (Power) and Simon (Pagenaud) and all the employees, associates and fans who have given me the opportunity. Many thanks," said Walker Racing Owner, Derrick Walker.Note there is currently no talk of this sort on the Walker Racing site - quite the opposite actually with the want ads. But if the quotes are real then this completely sucks, if for no other reason than the fact Walker was recently the most publicly vocal Champ Car owner who was urging bimergifabsorbmacation of the two series. Walker may return someday, but for now it's sad to see to see this kind of failure for someone who obviously wanted to be back in the series.
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And wither Willpower?
As of right now, that $10 million purchase by Mr George plus the free goodie bags has exactly three additional entries. Yee-haw.
UPDATE: I can't find the link but do you remember someone saying the Team Australia sponsorship would be secured so long as the Surfer's PAradise race down under was included in the IR docket? Me too, especially since the race was recently secured through the end of the century (approximately). Apparently that was true, as the braintrust at TSO says Walker's Team Australia sponsorship may still be intact - just elsewhere.
Walker has been unable to find sufficient sponsorship and his association with Craig Gore and Team Australia is ending. Rumors have said the Team Australia deal will move to KV Racing, so don't be too surprised if Will Power winds up over there in the near future.This may explain why KV hasn't announced their driver lineup yet, and it may also get Kevin Kalkhoven off Derrick Walker's Christmas Card list for a very long time.
UPDATE 2: Walker Racing has the offical announcement, while Is It May Yet? and Up In the Marbles discuss the reality of the high cost of racing.
I don't know about car counts, but IndyCar blog counts are definitely on the uptick.