Rob Kauffman (businessman)

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Rob Kauffman
Robert Kauffman

(1964-06-06) June 6, 1964 (age 56)
NationalityUnited States American
OccupationInvestment banker, racing team owner and driver
OrganizationFortress Investment Group
Michael Waltrip Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
TitleInvestor, Chip Ganassi Racing
Chairman, Race Team Alliance
Rolex Sports Car Series
Years active2012–2013
Car number56
Former teamsAF Waltrip
Best finish39th in 2012, 2013
24 Hours of Le Mans career
TeamsAF Corse, AF Waltrip
Best finish31st (2013)
Class wins0
The entrance to RK Motors Charlotte, one of Kauffman's Subsidiaries.

Robert Kauffman (born June 6, 1964 in Sharon, Connecticut) is an American businessman, investment banker, racing team owner and racing driver. Founder of Fortress Investment Group and regarded as a highly successful investor;[1] Kauffman retired from investing in 2012.[2]


In October 2007 Kauffman purchased part ownership of Michael Waltrip Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.[3] Kaufman also owns RK Motors, a car collection in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he resides;[4] he also competes in sports car racing events and has competed in the 2011 and 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2012 and 2013 24 Hours of Daytona, and in the Rolex Sports Car Series.[3] On July 7, 2014, Kauffman was named the chairman of the Race Team Alliance, a partnership between eighteen Cup teams.[5]

On July 29, 2015, SportsBusiness Daily reported that Kauffman was interested in purchasing a stake in Chip Ganassi Racing.[6] It was verified the next day, when Kauffman confirmed that he was now a part of Ganassi's organization.

Motorsports career results[edit]

Sports car racing[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2011 Italy AF Corse United States Michael Waltrip
Portugal Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
2012 Italy AF Waltrip United States Brian Vickers
Portugal Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
294 31st 6th

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

24 Hours of Daytona results
Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
2012 GT 56 Italy AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Portugal Rui Águas
United States Michael Waltrip
United States Travis Pastrana
645 35 22
2013 GT 56 Italy AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Portugal Rui Águas
United States Michael Waltrip
United States Clint Bowyer
677 16 8


  1. ^ Cain, Holly (July 26, 2013). "Rob Kauffman: Behind the wheel of MWR turnaround". Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  2. ^ Caraviello, David (November 26, 2013). "Kauffman's car craving extends beyond MWR". Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  3. ^ a b "Rob Kauffman". Michael Waltrip Racing. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  4. ^ Clark, Chris (November 11, 2013). "Cribs, Caves & Cars: Rob Kauffman shares his car collection". WCNC-TV. Charlotte, NC. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  5. ^ Ryan, Nate (July 7, 2014). "NASCAR's most powerful teams form Race Team Alliance". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  6. ^ Turner, Jared (July 29, 2015). "Report: MWR's Rob Kauffman moving to buy a stake in Ganassi team". Retrieved 2015-07-30.

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