Walker Wilkerson announces he won’t be attending Wall Speedway this weekend due to more engine problems occurring in Palm Beach. The first problem struck at Road Atlanta but they got a rebuild put together in time to make it out to PBIR. While at Round 3 the car suffered some more issues and the guys have called it until Round 5 at his home track Evergreen Speedway. Here is the official release Walker put out:
I am extremely bummed to announce this but we unfortunately are not going to be running at Formula Drift New Jersey this weekend. After blowing the second motor this year in Florida what we just thought was rod knock turned out to be 1 twisted ruined crank, 1 bent discolored connecting rod, all 8 pistons, piston rings, piston pins, piston clips…. fried, the cam…toast. The list could continue for days. Luckily the block was salvageable but needed to be over bored to eliminate the scaring on the sleeves. With our uncommon larger new bore size, it requires custom-sized engine internals. Engine internals have the longest manufacturing lead time out of any other car parts, and not only do we need over half of the internals replaced, they are all custom sizes, which equals to even a longer manufacturing lead time which is physically impossible to have made within the amount of time between Formula Drift Palm Beach and New Jersey. I am truly sorry that we cannot make it to New Jersey and it is eating me alive knowing that I won’t be getting to drive this weekend.