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Report: MWR To Field Car In Grand Am Series In 2012

[1]Sirius XM Radio’s Sirius Speedway is reporting that Michael Waltrip Racing will field a car in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series full time, starting in 2012. MWR owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman are reportedly in Daytona, meeting with Grand-Am founder Jim France about a possible entry.

MWR executive vice president Steve Hallam is rumored to be the one who will oversee MWR’s Grand Am effort.  Hallam joined MWR before the 2009 NASCAR season, leaving his job as head of race operations for McLaren in Formula 1 where he won a World Driving Championship with Lewis Hamilton.

There has been no word on what make or model of car MWR would field, but Waltrip and Kauffman recently drove a Ferrari 458 Italia in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race at Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. The Ferrari was prepared by an Italian team, AF Corse SRL.

Rui Águas also drove with Waltrip and Kauffman. They qualified 44th out of 56 cars, and 15th in the GT Endurance Pro category. They did not finish the race, but were scored in 38th place overall and 13th in the GTE Pro category after completing 178 laps, 136 fewer than class winner Corvette Racing.