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Team: Michael Waltrip Racing-55
Age / DOB:  (51) / 4/30/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 210

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Michael Waltrip finished only 19th in his Gatorade Duel in Daytona and rode in the back of the pack for most of the evening. He needed to take care of his equipment, knowing that he would have a fast enough qualification speed or enough owner points on which to make the show.
Waltrip said during Friday morning’s practice that he was happy to be unleashed for the Daytona 500. He has never skipped this event since he stopped running full time and that means he will be sharp in race trim. His most recent top-five on this track came in the 2013 Coke Zero 400. Feb 20 - 3:09 PM

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MWR co-founder and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 in the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 22.

Doctors have medically cleared Brian Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery. Vickers will make his season debut in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8. MWR will name a substitute driver for the March 1 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway later.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Jan 21 - 8:06 PM

Michael Waltrip’s run on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars enters its sixth week Monday which means he’ll have plenty of work to do on and off the track at Talladega Superspeedway.

When he isn’t driving the No. 66 Toyota, he and his dance partner Emma Slater will be in Talladega practicing the dance they’ll perform Monday night. The pair plan to fly to Los Angeles immediately after Sunday’s race. Waltrip will also perform his commentary duties for FS1’s truck series coverage this weekend in Talladega.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:35:00 PM

Michael Waltrip (No. 1 Green #1 Toyota) has one win, three top fives, five top 10s in eight career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.

Win came at Fountain, Colo., in 1997. Finished 20th in lone start at All American Speedway (2013). Has four wins, including two Daytona 500 victories, four poles, 41 top fives and 132 top 10s in 777 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 07:32:00 PM

No. 66 BlueDEF Toyota driver Michael Waltrip heads to Talladega Superspeedway for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2014.

The Owensboro, Ky., native saw his bid for a third Daytona 500 victory end in a lap 144 crash in February. Waltrip nearly won the October 2012 Talladega race before a last lap wreck took him out of contention. In 55 starts at Talladega Waltrip owns one win (September 2003), eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He has also led 233 laps.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:41:00 PM

No. 66 BlueDEF/AAA Toyota driver Michael Waltrip begins his quest for a third Daytona 500 victory when practice and qualifying begins this weekend for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500.

He owns two wins (2001 and 2003), four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has led 11 races for 176 laps. Overall stats: Waltrip owns four Sprint Cup, 11 Nationwide and one Camping World Truck Series victory. He’s led 1,405 laps in Sprint Cup competition. Waltrip has started 774 Sprint Cup races, 279 Nationwide races and nine truck events. In four starts in 2013, Waltrip posted two top five finishes. He has also led four laps and completed 740 of 741 laps.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Michael Waltrip Racing announced a partnership with Jay Robinson Racing enabling the No. 66 Toyota Camry to race in all 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup events.

Waltrip will drive the No. 66 in the Daytona 500 and again in the May Talladega race. Jeff Burton will race the No. 66 in six to eight races during the season, including his first race on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Robinson has named Joe Nemechek as the primary driver for the remainder of the races. BlueDEF will sponsor MWR’s No. 66 Toyota that Waltrip will drive in a bid to win his third Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip heads to All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., this week to compete in Saturday night’s K&N Pro Series West race.

He will drive the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing. He drove the No. 20 to an 11th place-finish at Spokane County (Wash.) Raceway in August. Saturday night’s race marks a busy driving stretch for Waltrip who will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega on Oct. 20. He finished fourth at the 2.66-mile restrictor plate track in May.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip flies to Spokane County (Wash.) Raceway this week to compete in Saturday night’s K&N Pro Series West race on the half-mile oval.

The founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will drive the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing in the 10th race on the 15-race schedule. Waltrip finished fourth at Talladega and fifth at Daytona in Sprint Cup competition in 2013. Saturday night’s race marks the 50-year-old Waltrip’s first K&N start in 2013. In addition to Spokane, Waltrip is slated to race Oct. 12 at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. He owns one win (Pikes Peak—1997), three top-five and 5 top-10 finishes in six series starts. Waltrip finished sixth at Colorado in his only series start last year.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 08:37:00 PM

Michael Waltrip has made 76 point series starts at Daytona International Speedway in NASCAR’s three top-series.

The Owensboro, Ky., native has captured four wins at the 2.5 mile tri-oval including two Daytona 500 victories. He has also scored 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. Waltrip is considered to be one of NASCAR’s top superspeedway driver’s in history. He has started 104 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona and Talladega. The two-time Daytona 500 champion has grabbed four wins, 14 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Michael Waltrip will make his 54th career NSCS start at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

In 53 previous starts, he has one win, seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Waltrip has led 32 races for a total of 233 laps. This is the fourth consecutive Talladega spring race Aaron’s Inc. and MWR have honored a national championship football team from the state of Alabama. Aaron’s also honored Auburn University in 2010 as well as the University of Alabama in 2009 and 2011.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 08:53:00 PM

Michael Waltrip led the third practice for the Sprint Cup Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

He ran a fast lap of 198.347 mph in the No. 26 Toyota Camry. No. 34 David Ragan, No. 14 Tony Stewart, No. 27 Paul Menard and No. 18 Kyle Busch rounded out the rest of the top 5 on the speed chart for this practice. Brian Keselowski in the No. 52 was the slowest of the 42 cars out on the track.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, will pilot Swan Racing's No. 30 in the 2013 "Great American Race," reuniting him with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr.

The race marks Swan Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut since announcing its new ownership this month. Waltrip qualified for 25 consecutive Daytona 500s between 1987 and 2011 winning his first in 2001 and a second in 2003. In 2002, Waltrip won the July race at Daytona; bringing his total to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at the "World Center of Racing."
Source: Swan Racing
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:24:00 AM

Michael Waltrip Racing owners Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip announced today they will race in the 51st annual Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26-27.

Joining the pair behind the wheel of the Grand Am version of the Ferrari 458 GT that will test in Daytona this weekend will be NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer and road racing veteran Rui Aguas. The AF Waltrip entry is a joint project of the Italian championship sports car team AF Corse and MWR. AF Waltrip fielded Ferraris for Waltrip and Kauffman at sports car races around the globe since 2010 including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring and last year’s Rolex 24 in Daytona. Bowyer will be the newest member of the AF Waltrip driver lineup that has included Travis Pastrana and Brian Vickers in previous races.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Michael Waltrip, Brian Vickers and Mark Martin will continue to share the driving duties in Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota in 2013.

MWR announced Friday that Martin will drive in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races, plus the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona and the All-Star race in Charlotte. Waltrip’s three races include the July Daytona race plus both Talladega races. Vickers’ nine races include all the Bristol, Martinsville, New Hampshire and road course events, as well as the Kentucky Speedway race. All three drivers have enjoyed success working with Rodney Childers who will return as crew chief in 2013.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 07:36:00 PM