Mike Coughlan is being sued by his former employer, Michael Waltrip Racing

NASCAR outfit Michael Waltrip Racing is suing Mike Coughlan and the Williams team for breach and interference of contract after the Briton announced he had joined the Grove squad as its new technical director.

Coughlan had been working with Michael Waltrip Racing since October 2010 on a two-year contract with a one-year optional extension.

Coughlan shot to prominence in 2007 when he was fired from his post at McLaren after he was found to be in possession confidential design documents belonging to Ferrari, the entire incident kicking off the ‘Spygate’ scandal that saw McLaren fined a record $100 million for breaching the rules.

Coughland was banned from the sport for two years for his part in the affair, and has returned to Williams having served his time.

“As a result of Coughlan’s premature departure, MWR will face and incur many certain and substantial damages, including the costs of searching for, recruiting, negotiating with, hiring and training a replacement for Coughlan, not to mention the expenses MWR devoted to Coughlan’s employment, the benefits of which will go unrealised,” the law suit reads.

The team is seeking unspecified damages, including the cost of its legal fees.

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