It’s a crisp Carolina morning, certainly not the chamber of commerce weather that was promised to Steve Hallam to lure him across the pond to become the director of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing.What got the former head of operations for Team McLaren Mercedes, the defending Formula One World Champions, was the adventure of a new racing challenge coupled with Toyota’s commitment to succeeding in NASCAR. “I like the people,” said Hallam, who has six F1 Championships to his credit. “I think I can help to make a difference here. I have some very good friends at Toyota and once they understood that I was interested in coming over here, they facilitated some introductions and one thing led to another.”For Hallam, 56, the acclimation process from London to North Carolina has been relatively smooth. He opted for the more urban confines of Charlotte over a place at Lake Norman — “NASCAR’s Redneck Riviera” — just minutes from the race shop. For now, Eric Clapton’s annual jams at the Royal Albert Hall will be replaced by local acts at the Double Door Inn.The days of rolling into work in Woking, Surrey at 9 a.m. are over. His day at MWR now… Read full this story
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