The aftermath of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Richmond has bitten Michael Waltrip Racing with the news that NAPA will leave at end of the season.
Immediately following the outcry of the NASCAR fans, and the penalties to the Michael Waltrip team, NAPA Auto Parts decided to have their own investigation to determine if they would remain with the team or pull their sponsorship.
At that time, NAPA stated: “The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment.”
This morning the news arrived that indeed NAPA will part ways with the team; ending their three-year agreement early. That leaves MWR without a sponsor for the Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr for 2014 and 2015.
"NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR," NAPA said in a statement. "We remain supportive of the millions of NASCAR fans and will evaluate our future position in motorsports."
Team owner Waltrip commented: “NAPA has been with me from winning two Daytona 500s, to missing races with a new start-up team, and back to victory lane again. The relationship grew far past that of just a sponsor, but more of a partner and a friend. We will not be racing a NAPA car in 2014, but I have friendships that will last a lifetime.”