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      Ford CGR IMSA driver Dirk Müller on how he caught the ‘motorsport virus’

      How did you get started in racing? What initially attracted you to the sport?
      Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA driver Dirk Müller: “I was visiting my second cousin, who was racing kart slalom. I tried it and I believe there was something in the kart that infected me with the motorsport virus! I came home and immediately started kart slalom. I was karting regularly after that.”

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      What is your earliest racing memory?
      DM: “Seeing my second cousin race in kart slalom.”

      Who was your favorite racer growing up and why?
      DM: “Michael Schumacher. He was and is really inspiring.”

      Did you have anyone you considered a mentor in the racing world? Who was it and how have they helped you?
      DM: “Not really a mentor early on. Later in my career, I became friends with Michael (Schumacher), but that was later in my career. He still inspired me.”

      What are you most proud of in your racing career?
      DM: “The 2016 Le Mans 24 win on the anniversary of the GT40’s first win, exactly 50 years later.”

      How would you describe your racing style?
      DM: “From the outside it probably looks boring, but it’s a smooth driving style. I always want to maximize car control to turn the quickest laps. I wouldn’t be a good rally driver!”

      If you weren’t racing, what do you think you’d be doing?
      DM: “It would be something engineering cars, leading a team, that kind of thing. Definitely working in motorsport or in the car business.”

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      What are some challenges that are unique to your sport compared to other racing series?
      DM: “It’s the different durations of all the races, coming from a 24-hour race (Rolex 24 and Le Mans 24) to the shortest sprint race (Long Beach).”

      What is the best piece of racing advice you’ve been given?
      DM: “Don’t get nervous. Have fun.”

      Do you have any racing-related superstitions?
      DM: “No. When I was young I tried and it didn’t work!”

      How do you relax when you have free time away from racing?
      DM: “Spending time with my wife (Daniela) and daughter (Mina).”