Coughlan to be sued by former NASCAR team
16 July 2011 – Michael Waltrip Racing is planning to sue newly-signed Williams Chief Engineer Mike Coughlan, with the latter being accused of breaching his contract. The North Carolina-based NASCAR squad has also revealed its intentions to seek damages from Williams as a whole, claiming that Coughlan’s move was not legally permitted.
Coughlan was responsible for overseeing the technical side of MWR’s NASCAR programme, covering areas such as design and production. However, an early exit from his initial two-year agreement has prompted MWR to file a lawsuit, arguing that its on-track performances in 2011 have been impacted as a direct result.
An extract from the Michael Waltrip Racing statement reads:
‘MWR will face and incur many certain and substantial damages, including the costs of searching for, recruiting, negotiating with, hiring and training a replacement for Coughlan, not to mention the expenses MWR devoted to Coughlan’s employment, the benefits of which will go unrealized.’