Walker Evans racing driver
Roger Walker Evans (born December 3, 1938) is an Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame driver. He was also a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Walker Evans is nicknamed "the Legend". Walker is the father of off-road racer Evan Evans. Walker resides in Riverside, California.
His first sample of racing was in 1969, when he drove a Rambler American for the American Motors and actor James Garner sponsored team to a third place finish in the Baja 500.
His first purpose built race truck was Ford F-100 donated by Marion Beaver at Parker Motor Company and built by Bill Stroppe. The truck won 16 of 17 races. He won the Baja 1000 five times in special built vehicles before he was the first driver to win the overall title in a Class 8 Trophy Truck.
360 Class: 1983 Mackie Heimbaugh, 1984 Stacy Redmond, 1985 Dean Chadd, 1986 Wayne Redmond, 1987 Mike Chadd, 1988 David Hesmer, 1989 Mike Twedt, 1990 Jordan Albaugh, 1991 Dwight Snodgrass, 1992 Dwight Snodgrass, 1993 Danny Young, 1994 Lee Nelson, 1995 Larry Pinegar II, 1996 Randy Martin, 1997 David Hesmer, 1998 David Hesmer, 1999 David Hesmer, 2000 John Kearney, 2001 Randy Martin, 2002 Brian Brown, 2003 Billy Alley, 2004 Jake Peters, 2005 Jake Peters, 2006 Jake Peters, 2007 Josh Higday, 2008 Matt Moro, 2009 Clint Garner, 2010 Clint Garner, 2011 Clint Garner, 2012 Clint Garner, 2013 Clint Garner, 2014 Joe Beaver, 2015 Clint Garner.
He added the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group Stadium Series events to his schedule to enhance his horizons. The series featured indoor races inside a stadium. The Walker Evans Racing Team won the MTEG Grand National Championship in 1991.
He became familiar with fellow competitor Brendan Gaughan during his SODA days. He moved to CORR when most of the SODA drivers switched series.
He finished with his SODA career with three overall victories and 31 class wins. He was champion of CORR's highest division, Pro-4, in 1999. He won three races and the CORR Pro-4 championship in 2000 in his final full-time season in CORR before retirement from short-track off-road racing.
Taylor won championships during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s in the series that sanctioned off-road racing in the Midwestern United States. He racked up championships in Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (SODA), SCORE International, ESPN PRO Series, Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR).
Taylor won six consecutive Pro 2 championships in CORR between 1999 and 2004.
He was the first two-wheel-drive truck winner of the Heavy Metal Challenge (now AMSOIL Cup) world championship race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in 2002; he repeated the win in 2008.
Around 1999 he began entering rock crawling events after a promotional trip to Moab.