NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip's GT team is unlikely to be seen in Europe and the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.
The AF Waltrip program, run by AF Corse for Waltrip and partner Rob Kauffman, contested the majority of last year's WEC, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. NASCAR racer Brian Vickers was a regular in the driver lineup. But Waltrip says the team will focus on Grand-Am in 2013.
"I think that Rob is content on focusing more on racing in America. He used to live in Europe, and he's since relocated back to the U.S.," said Waltrip. "I think that with the NASCAR Sprint Cup team and all that we have going on there, there is plenty of racing in North America for us to get our fix on. I think it's going to be more or less just us making Grand-Am starts throughout the season."
AF-Waltrip has entered two cars for next weekend's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Waltrip's leading NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer will join the team bosses and Rui Aguas in the Daytona lineup.
The seat was initially offered to Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin due to Bowyer's initial reluctance, before the latter's change of heart.
"I think the more Clint thought about it, the more he wanted to be a part of it," Waltrip said. "It was just him thinking about how cool it would be to be in Daytona, racing the road course, something that he had never done before, and driving the Ferrari for 24 hours. It just was more than a dirt racer from Kansas could pass up!"