MWR OWNERS WALTRIP & KAUFFMAN FINISH 20TH IN DUBAI
Car Switch in Morning Warm-up, Accident and Broken Drive Shaft Slows Duo
CORNELIUS, N.C. – Michael Waltrip Racing owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman unofficially finished 20th overall (11th in class) of 84 cars racing today in the sixth annual Dubai 24 Hour sports car race.
Waltrip and Kauffman were schedule to race with co-drivers Rui Aguas and Matt Griffin in the Ferrari F430 GT2 of the AF Corse team. But an electrical fire during warm-up prevented the car from racing. The two Americans joined the father-and-son driving team of Alexander Talkanista Sr., Alexander Talkanista Jr. of Belarus and Marco Frezza of Italy in the AF Corse team’s No. 6 Ferrari before the race.
Once the race began the No. 6 climbed as high as 12th but contact with another car about 4 hours into the race required nearly 30 minutes of repairs dropping the team to about 49th. The team rallied and appeared destined for a top ten finish but a broken drive shaft ruined its chances. The team spent more than 2 hours 44 minutes in the pits during the 24-hour race.
The team’s sister AF Corse car finished second.
Waltrip and Kauffman raced in Dubai last year and in Belgium where they scored an impressive third-place finish on the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit. The pair expect to race together again in 2011.
Watch Waltrip’s video updates from Dubai at www.michaelwaltripracing.com