Michael Waltrip Racing and NAPA Continue Longstanding Partnership CORNELIUS, N.C. (August 8, 2008) -- NAPA and Michael Waltrip Racing announced today the extension of one of the longest sponsor/driver relationships in NASCAR...
Michael Waltrip Racing and NAPA Continue Longstanding Partnership
CORNELIUS, N.C. (August 8, 2008) -- NAPA and Michael Waltrip Racing announced today the extension of one of the longest sponsor/driver relationships in NASCAR history.
Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will carry the blue and gold colors of NAPA AUTO PARTS for the ninth-consecutive season starting at the 2009 Daytona 500. It marks one of the longest running relationships in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
"I have celebrated my greatest racing moments wearing NAPA colors and we have enjoyed some wonderful on-track and commercial success," said Waltrip, the driver of the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. "Both of my Daytona 500 wins were with NAPA. The launch of my own race team was with NAPA. We have been together so long. It's hard to think of one without the other."
"Michael Waltrip is a terrific spokesman and brand ambassador for NAPA," said Bob Susor, president of NAPA AUTO PARTS. "In fact, our research indicates that Michael Waltrip and NAPA AUTO PARTS have become synonymous to many race fans. The bond we have forged has helped us sell a lot of auto parts through the years and we are pleased to have Michael represent us again in 2009."
Waltrip won the 2001 Daytona 500 in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race with NAPA. In total, Waltrip has put NAPA in victory lane six times and has posted 21 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes along with scoring two pole positions. In 2007, Waltrip launched his own team as part of Toyota's inaugural season in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition and currently fields three Cup teams and one NASCAR Nationwide Series team.