Michael Waltrip Racing expands

M. Waltrip starts Driver Development Program Sherrills Ford, N.C. (June 21) - The future is now. In NASCAR racing, being completely prepared to compete is the only way to succeed. At Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) preparation for the future has...

M. Waltrip starts Driver Development Program

Sherrills Ford, N.C. (June 21) - The future is now. In NASCAR racing, being completely prepared to compete is the only way to succeed. At Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) preparation for the future has already begun.

MWR introduces the formation of a driver development program. The Sherrills Ford, N.C. based team, which already fields winning NASCAR Busch Series cars and competitive NEXTEL Cup cars with experienced drivers, will now field cars in the American Speed Association (ASA). They will compete in a limited number of events in late 2004 with plans to field a two-car team for the entire 2005 schedule.

"The fact that we have limited schedules in different series enables us to test all the waters," explained Director of Competition Joe Garone. "We feel like we have a real grasp on what it takes to be competitive on any level. Our focus is not a specific series, but a program built on nurturing a driver from all aspects including performance, relationship building and media savvy."

"The emphasis has to be on performance," car owner Michael Waltrip said. "It is necessary to win to be successful in any type of racing. It is also it's important to develop all the elements necessary to be a winning driver."

Michael Waltrip Racing will begin testing with several drivers this summer, and is talking with current ASA and NASCAR competitors about coaching the new talent during these tests.

"We have our eyes on a lot of guys we think have potential to be the next NASCAR star," said Waltrip. "With the experienced people we have in place at MWR, we feel like we have the perfect opportunity to develop that talent. Between my years of driving race cars and representing sponsors and Joe Garone's and Jerry Baxter's (current Busch Series crew chief) expertise in building winning race cars, the rewards of developing young talent are obvious."

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Series NASCAR Cup , Stock car
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