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Mike Rockenfeller Running Watkins Glen, Charlotte for Spire

German sports car racing veteran Mike Rockenfeller will join the NASCAR Cup Series field for two road course races later this year with Spire Motorsports, the race team announced Aug. 9.

The 2010 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall champion will pilot the No. 77 NationsGuard Chevrolet for his NASCAR debut at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 21 and at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Oct. 9.

“I’ve been fortunate to race LMP prototypes, DTM, and GTs, but now I’m ready to get my name out there in NASCAR,” Rockenfeller said in a team release. “This is a huge honor for me to be racing the No. 77 NationsGuard Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and I want to say thank you to Spire Motorsports for giving me this opportunity to start a new chapter in my career.”

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The 2017 12 Hours of Sebring class winner’s illustrious sports car career includes 42 starts in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, where he’s earned 17 podiums and four wins.

“Attracting world-class talent like Mike Rockenfeller is such an honor for Spire Motorsports,” Spire Motorsports President Bill Anthony said. “Mike is a talented, globally accomplished driver and we’re thrilled to introduce him to NASCAR.

“We’ve invested in getting Mike up to speed quickly through the Driver Familiarization Test and our partners at Chevrolet have generously offered simulation time for him. Everyone at Spire Motorsports is motivated and committed to providing Mike with a great effort for Watkins Glen and the Charlotte ROVAL.”

The No. 77 Spire entry currently sits 34th in owner points and has earned a best race finish of 15th in 2022 with Landon Cassill at Daytona International Speedway in February.

About the author

Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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