Atlanta, Georgia (July 12) - NAPA AUTO PARTS, the industry leader in auto parts distribution, will continue its sponsorship of the No. 15 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP season. Piloting the...
Atlanta, Georgia (July 12) - NAPA AUTO PARTS, the industry leader in auto parts distribution, will continue its sponsorship of the No. 15 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP season.
Piloting the NAPA Chevy in 2005 will be two-time Daytona 500 champion and current driver, Michael Waltrip. Waltrip will carry the NAPA shield for the fifth consecutive year in NASCAR's premier series.
"We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with both Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Michael Waltrip," stated Bob Susor, NAPA President. "This partnership began is 1996 and has resulted in two NASCAR Truck Series Championships, a top-five finish in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings in 2000, and four NASCAR Cup Series wins to date including two Daytona 500 victories. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. are excellent representatives of the NAPA brand and we are proud to have them flying the NAPA colors."
Waltrip, a native of Kentucky, captured the prestigious Daytona 500 in his first season with DEI. After 36 races in 2002, Waltrip held the 14th position in the point standings and revisited Daytona's victory lane twice (Twin 125, Pepsi 400). In 2003, Waltrip won the 45th running of the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway for the second time in three years becoming the all-time money winner at Daytona International Speedway, and just the eighth driver to win multiple Daytona 500s. Waltrip found victory lane again winning the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
"Driving the NAPA Chevy the last four years has been the best time in my racing career," Waltrip said. "NAPA embraces our sport as much as any sponsor in the industry. Their dedication to NASCAR and DEI is unmatched and I am the lucky guy that gets to represent them.
"The guys that make up the No. 15 team complete the NAPA package. I never thought I would meet anyone that was as dedicated to winning as I am. Slugger (Richard Labbe - crew chief) has a 'win at all cost' attitude, which has saturated the NAPA team. As a driver, that is all I can ask."
"The partnership with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and NAPA AUTO PARTS goes back almost a decade," stated Richie Gilmore, DEI's Director of Motorsports. "Together, we've achieved tremendous success winning championships and races. We're looking forward to continuing both relationships into 2005."
NAPA AUTO PARTS distributes automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools and equipment to 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and more than 12,000 NAPA AutoCare Centers nationwide.