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

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      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).”