Rotax Senior driver makes the switch to Koene USA and will debut with team in Utah
Heading to the second round of the Sofina Foods US Open, Team Koene USA has added Utah resident Walker Hess to their Rotax Senior lineup. Competing at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas earlier this season as well as the opening round of the US Open in New Orleans, Hess joins Team Koene USA for the remaining Rotax events on the 2016 calendar that will include the remaining US Open events and the United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals.
"I'm excited to be joining Team Koene USA for the remaining 2016 US Open races and the US Grand Nationals," explained Walker Hess. "I admire their teamwork and look forward to working with everyone under the tent. I'd like to thank Mike Rolison and everyone at Rolison Performance Group for helping me the past couple of years and giving me a strong foundation to build off of."
"We are very happy to welcome Walker to the squad," explained Team Principal Mike Maurini. "He and his father have been a family operation that have worked together under the big team atmosphere but kept to themselves. Looking to take advantage of our driver coaching and data program, we are hoping to improve his already good results and have him on the podium and challenging for race wins for the remainder of the season."
Walker Hess has been a fixture in the top-ten in the Rotax Senior ranks finishing sixth overall in 2016 Challenge of the Americas. Hess also enters Team Koene USA on the strength of solid top-ten finishes at the 2015 United States Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals and US Open finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hess added, "I'll be aiming for race wins, podium results and top-five finishes for the remainder of the 2016 season and I feel it is attainable with Team Koene USA."
Hess, a resident of Park City, Utah and a karting veteran of seven years, comes with a wealth of experience and will fill be a driver that fills the voids left by some other Senior competitors in the Koene USA program.