Dateline: December 10, 2003

Season finale

Happy holidays, scR fans and followers. It’s that time of year where the race cars are put into hibernation, the snow begins to fall, and the plans for 2004 are formulated. James’ strong 5th place finish at Mid-Ohio in October (Mark and John were unable to attend in the #21 and #55 cars respectively) put an end to a season-long string of consistent finishes that the team will carry into the coming year. At least part of the team, that is…

A change of direction

There is some very happy news and some very sad news to report from the scR camp this month. First, the good news: Team founder and leader, James Walker, Jr. and his wife Dana are expecting their second child in April. Their first child, Zack, has brought great joy into their lives. And we certainly expect more of the same with blessing number two. We all wish the best for the Walker family as the number of seats at their dining room table expands.

Now for the sad news: Running a race team is an extremely time and resource intensive effort. Raising a family is also a very time and resource intensive effort. When race team requirements are added to family requirements, the Walker family is left with a deficit. Thus, the decision has been reluctantly made by James to sell his race-winning #34 1992 SC ITA racecar, effective immediately.

James plans to continue racing with karts – particularly with an eye toward getting Zack started in the sport as soon as he is old enough. But for now, his SCCA days will probably be limited to a few rental weekends just to keep his license current. That, or he will be begging and pleading with Mark and John to let him share their cars…

With certainty, Mark and John will miss sharing the track with James; however, his absence also opens the door of opportunity for them. As John has pointed out tongue-in-cheek, James always runs near the front at every race, making it more likely that John or Mark may inherit his position.

Now for sale…

As for the car itself, the sale and liquidation of the #34 (and available spare parts) will be a turn-key race-winning operation for the lucky buyer who ends up with it. James’ red #34 racecar is one of the best-built ITA cars in the entire country – and is probably the best example of racecar building and preparation in the entire Saturn motorsport community. It features only the best top-quality components including many custom designed and fabricated solutions.

James estimates that the cost to duplicate the #34 car would exceed $35,000.00. Fortunately, he is asking much, much less. For more details about the #34 car (including about 35 color photos,) please visit or email James. After all, it’s not too late to pick up a last-minute gift for someone special on your list 🙂

For now, Mark Rushbrook and John Comeskey plan to continue to race under the scR banner in 2004. Be sure to catch the latest news, schedule changes, race recaps, and photo and video galleries (and maybe even some karting footage?) at the updated scR website located at

Until next year, have a safe and happy holiday season! Go Saturn!!!