F1 » NASCAR team sues Williams and Mike Coughlan

NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing is suing Williams Grand Prix Engineering and their newly-appointed chief engineer Mike Coughlan over accusations of breach of contract, say reports.

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July 16, 2011 3:07 PM

I think MWR was smoking the shrubbery when they hired Coughlan. The only similarities between F1 and NASCAR vehichles are internal combustion engines, an inability to violate the laws of aerodynamics with impunity, and humanoid operators. A KERS-equipped F1 car has more in common with a Prius than a NASCAR racer. MWR should recognize their error, fold their tents, and slip away in the night.

Spaghettieddie - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:09 PM

Was that supposed to be $750,000? I mean, c'mon man $75,000? Sounds like the budget for coffee. What the hell was he doing there? Sounds like it was not much if that figure is accurate.

Rob01 - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:13 PM

Waltrip signed Coughlin because he is one of their own ilk. MWR has been caught cheating multiple times in Nascar since Mikie started his team. Surprised Toyota has stayed with the marquee Waltrip name.

Taipan - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 3:24 PM

Hmmm maybe NASCAR are scared that Coughlan brings some of their secrets to F1...

"I've got a great idea for our new engine Frank, its called an 8 valve, push rod V8, made of a new material called cast iron...."


July 16, 2011 3:52 PM

eddie - Taipan may be on to something. NASCAR may have developed the latest thing in external burning blown boundary layers. This new cast iron metal could reduce the cost building an engine although longevity might be a problem. Given the current use of push rod suspension development, an extension to engine valving could further reduce the cost of engine development and the new engine should be compatible with the FIA's new eco-friendly Green Pond Slime Fuel. I think I, along with Bernine and Jean, have lost the plot here somewhere... :)

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