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Michael Waltrip Racing's Kauffman Confirms Purchase of Stake In Chip Ganassi Racing

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 15

Michael Waltrip Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing today confirmed that MWR Principal Owner Rob Kauffman has purchased a stake in CGR. Prior to the confirmation, sources had said that Kauffman, who has been with MWR for eight years, would take on CGR investor Felix Sabates’ minority stake in the t...

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