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Michael Waltrip is said to be racing at Le Mans this June, becoming the latest in a succession of stock car drivers to try their hand at the grueling 24 hour race.
Together with Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas, Waltrip will pilot a Ferrari for Italian outfit AF Corse. Waltrip will test the car at the Paul Ricard circuit in France during an off-week from NASCAR racing. Although Waltrip is being given the chance of a lifetime to drive at Le Mans, his priorities remained clear when he told the Sporting News “I wouldn’t trade my chance to race here at Talladega for a chance at Le Mans, which kind of tells you I might be a bit of a redneck, but getting to go there and see that is going to be really cool.”
[Source: The Sporting News]
After discovering that Travis Pastrana had left Subaru and the world of rallying, the ex-rally driver has confirmed his intentions to dive into NASCAR, with a Toyota-backed entry into the NASCAR Nationwide Series in collaboration with Michael Waltrip.
The plan is to enter 7 races in 2011, with an additional 20 in 2012. Pastrana will surely introduce NASCAR to a new demographic that more than likely avoided the sport previously. We’re curious to see how Pastrana, someone adept at turning both left and right, will fare in the unidirectional NASCAR.
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