In NASCAR, they say that "rubbin' is racin'", or at least "they" do in Tom Cruise's vision of NASCAR. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, rubbing could lead to serious trouble when you are approaching warp speed on the Mulsanne Straight.

Still, over the years a handful of NASCAR drivers have ventured over to the Circuit de la Sarthe to test their mettle – in fact, back in 1976, NASCAR sent entire teams and cars across the ocean to help promote the sport – and now Michael Waltrip has become the latest to catch a plane heading to Le Mans, France.

Michael Waltrip won't be driving his Toyota Camry overseas, however, as he has joined an AF Corse team that's campaigning a Ferrari F430. There's no grandstand lighting to guide Waltrip as he navigates the nearly 8.5-mile course, so we at Autoblog wish him good luck and good headlights.

[Source: Sporting News | Image: Michael Waltrip Racing]


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      Carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not my choice to send over there as a representative of NASCAR (great guy, but not the best racer) but then he might be right fgr a country that reveres Jerry Lewis.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Michael Waltrip I think just wants a chance to experience one of the most famous or the famous race in the world. Being a third driver will take a lot of pressure off. It's too bad they couldn't allow a specially modified Cup car in the race like the old days and have a team of Nascar drivers share a ride for the 24 hours.
      David Opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      yup he got podium at 24H of spa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCobQA8ZVRw lol he said "the ferrari handles like a nascar car when its raining. so the rain didnt bother me. its like running a sprint cup car dry, it doesnt want to handle"
      Justin Wilkinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really people!?... Everyone bitches when drivers come over to Nascar from other forms of motorsports and now the same people are going to bitch because someone from Nascar is actually venturing out into another form... Can't have you cake and eat it too... I say good for Mikey... Don't think he'll do all that great but atleast he has an interest in something that turns right every once in a while.
      Timmay
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's he thinking? Isn't he one of the drivers that hires ringers to drive his car on road courses because he can't do it?
        David Opanga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timmay
        you know hes the owner of the team right(3cars sprint cup, 2 cars nationwide)? he hired someone for one person, david ruetimann(sprint cup)who had no experience on road course fr his first year but they gave him the rights after his rookie season.
          Jake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David Opanga
          Actually, MWR is split 50/50 between Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman...who interestingly is one of the co-drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
          Timmay
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David Opanga
          Yes, David, I know he's the owner. And the Ruetimann situation was not what I was referring to.
      BrandonDrums
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happens when he gets tired at the end of his leg of the race and he reverts to just turning left?
      Tom Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      This man has been an embarrassment in every thing he has driven for the last year or so. Why does he think he can do this? I get the bucket list thing but really? LeMans? On behalf of the United States of America I apologize to the people of France and the racing world for this epic example of brain fade. Please, black flag him after one lap. I don't want to cringe the entire time it is broadcast on US television. I am cringing at the thought of this right now.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rich
      • 3 Years Ago
      Um, there are better choices. He's a jackass, and hasn't had a win in a long time.
      Bassracerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      i guess he's a decent choice because he has years of racing experience well see how he does. but seriously nobody from AMLS could go? we need more US indy drivers or ALMS series drivers going overseas other contries think we are a joke at racing but they dont know
        drathos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bassracerx
        There's several ALMS teams that go to Le Mans every year. Winning your class in an ALMS season earns you an automatic invite to the next 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just off the top of my head, Highcroft, Dyson, BMW Team RLL, Flying Lizard, and Corvette Racing are all going to be at this year's 24hrs. Risi Competitzione has been there in the past, but I don't think they're going this year for some reason.
      Paul Gozzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Git Em Mikey!
      Derek
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for him. Don't be hating on him for doing this as we'd be doing the same thing if we had the money he has. Good luck Mikey.
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