PITTSBURGH, PA - PRL Motorsports LLC announced the appointment of John Walko as Race Director and Lead Engineer. Walko’s career in the race industry spans over 20 years. He will oversee all of the company's race car engineering and will serve as the race director, reporting directly to Patrick R. Linn, Team Coordinator, Owner and Manager of PRL Motorsports LLC.
"John has an extensive background in operations and engineering in the race industry," said Linn. "Having run John Walko Racing and with considerable experience elsewhere in the race industry, his involvement as the race director and lead engineer will be a key ingredient to the success of our growth strategy. We are very pleased to add John to our team."
Walko started driving in SCCA Club Formula Ford in 1994 and later opened his own prep shop. Since 1999, Walko has been a crew chief and engineer in SCCA Formula Ford, Formula Continental, Formula Ford Zetec Championship, Star Mazda, and the F2000 Championship Series as well as within a variety of vintage series in the east. In the highly competitive F2000 Championship Series, Walko has racked up several wins, and established a prowess for fine-tuning both machine and driver. Similarly, his involvement in vintage racing has produced widespread successes with multiple race wins.
Operating out of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, PRL Motorsports, LLC has established a national reputation in the race arena as a high-performance motorsports company. PRL Motorsports has an in-house fabrication center and services include custom fabrication, dyno tuning, machine work, chassis tuning, engine management, race car prep, consultation, race car rentals, transportation services and parts sales. Its 2012 racing events includes the USF2000 Championship Series, SCCA National racing and the Pro Star Mazda racing series.
For the 2013 season, Walko will be the Team Director and Lead Engineer, running the team's continued programs focusing on the “Mazda Road to Indy” with the USF2000 Series.
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