Michael Waltrip Racing
Michael Curtis Waltrip was born on in 1963, on April 30 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Waltrip is a professional driver and also the owner of the Michael Waltrip Racing team that activates in the Nascar Campionship. Michael Waltrip is currently the driver of the self-owned #55 Napa Toyota Camry. He is the two-time winner of the Daytona 500 race ( he won the race in 2001& 2003 ). In his free time is a commentator of the Craftsman Truck Series at Speed TV channel.
The team that was formed in 1995 is one of the first teams to field the Toyota Camry in the Nascar championship. His team fields the following entries in the Nascar Nextel Cup series: Michael Waltrip in the #55 car sponsored by Napa autoparts, the #44 car driven by Dale Jarrett and sponsored by UPS and the #00 car driven by David Reutimann and sponsored by Burger King and Domino’s pizza.
Michael Waltrip’s car #00 made its debut in the Nascar Nextel Cup series in 2002 at the Aaron’s 499. At the beginning the car was driven by Kenny Wallace who qualified the 27th and finished the race on the 21st position. After the race Waltrip sold the car and its owner points to Innovative Motorsports. The #00 Chevy raced that season at the Tropicana 400 for Jerry Nadeau.
He qualified 34t and finished 37th due to a steering wheel failure.Waltrip made another attempt that season to race in the Napa 500 with Buckshot Jones but he failed to qualify. Mike Skinner closed that season for the Waltrip Racing at the Ford 400 event finishing on the 39th position due to a technical problem.
In 2004 Kenny Wallace returned to Michael Waltrip Racing and raced for four races but his best finish was 22nd place at the Homestead Miami Speedway. He was replaced by Johnny Benson but his best finish was the 42nd position so due to this fact Wallace ran two more races in 2005. David Reutimann made its debut in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series at the Lowe Motor Speedway event where he finished the 22nd.
In 2006 the car ran under two separate entires: first ran listed by Michael Waltrip and Bonnie Anderson and the second one with Waltrip as the listed owner.
In 2007 Reutimann moved to the Craftsman Truck Series but currently he drives in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series. Reutimann will campaign this year for Rookie of the year and will be sponsored by Burger King. Waltrip made an announcement recently that the team will have a new crew chief: Mr. Frank Kerr.
The #44 is currently driven by the veteran driver Dale Jarrett under the sponsorship. Jarrett made only 2 rans of nine races. After the depletion of Champions Provisional in the 2007 season crew chief Matt Borland was replaced with Jason Burdett, former chief at Robert Yates Racing.
The #55 car made its debut in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series in 2006 as a partnership between Michael Waltrip Racing and Bill Davis Racing. Due to this partnership Bill Davis returned his second team to full-time status while Michael Waltrip and his sponsor NAPA Auto Parts would have a car to race while building Michael Waltrip Racing.
The agreement between the two teams allowed the transfer of the points from Bill Davis Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing. Soon after this Waltrip bought Jasper Motorsports racing team that was closed down with former Jasper owner Doug Bawel being listed as owner.
In 2006 Waltrip made an announcement that his team would switch to Toyota cars in the 2007 season. Michael Waltrip is currently the driver of the #55 Napa Auto Parts Toyota Camry. This represents the second year when Waltrip acts as a driver and owner.His currently best finish is the 10th position obtained at the Michigan International Speedway.