Michael Waltrip to race at Le Mans

Updated: April 15, 2011, 1:50 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive a Ferrari for the Italian team of AF Corse in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12.

Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas will compete in the GTE Pro Class.

Waltrip plans to test next weekend at the Le Mans course in France. He also tested at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France in March.

"We're taking Le Mans pretty seriously and wanted to get some time behind the wheel," said Waltrip, who hopes to qualify for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. "Instead of life slowing down like I thought it would after I quit racing every week, a lot of fun things are happening."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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