Nascar team sue Williams and Coughlan
17 July, 2011
Jul.17 (GMM) NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing has commenced legal action against British Formula 1 outfit Williams and their recently appointed chief engineer Mike Coughlan.
After losing his job as McLaren chief designer and departing formula one amid the spygate scandal, Coughlan joined the North Carolina-based Michael Waltrip Racing as director of vehicle design.
He then returned to Formula 1 in June to be Williams’ new chief engineer.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Michael Waltrip Racing has filed suit against Coughlan and Williams in the US District Court for breach of contract.
The report said Coughlan had joined Michael Waltrip Racing with a three-year deal set to run through 2012.
The suit reportedly alleges his move “harmed the performance of the MWR teams as well as their viability in competing for sponsorship” and seeks damages in excess of $75,000 and other compensation.
Another report at nascar.com said the suit alleges Oxfordshire based Williams “tortiously interfered” with Michael Waltrip Racing “by negotiating to hire Coughlan while he was still under contract”.
The Williams team are reportedly unaware of the action taken against them in the States.