DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2007) -- Michael Waltrip's statement regarding the NASCAR penalties handed down this evening to the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing entry: "In the past 12 months, Michael Waltrip Racing has hired more than 150 ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2007) -- Michael Waltrip's statement regarding the NASCAR penalties handed down this evening to the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing entry:
"In the past 12 months, Michael Waltrip Racing has hired more than 150 people and we currently employ more than 200. Although we have grown at an accelerated pace, it has been our mission to hire people with high moral value and character to properly represent our sponsors and our ownership.
"During preparations for the 2007 season and especially the 2007 Daytona 500, I specifically requested that our competition teams not disrespect NASCAR, our competitors or our sponsors by blatantly circumventing the rules.
"This is not the action of an organization, a manufacturer or a sponsor. This was an independent act done without consent or authorization from me or any of my executive management team. As an owner, I realize I am ultimately held responsible for the actions of my employees. Therefore, I accept the penalties issued tonight by NASCAR.
"I respect NASCAR's rules, its people and the sport's integrity, which is why I am so sad and embarrassed. I am dedicated to get to the bottom of this because I will not let the independent act of an individual or individuals tarnish the incredible accomplishment my organization has made to be where we are today.
"I want to apologize to the other owners, who know how hard I've worked to get here in such a short period of time, NASCAR, Toyota, NAPA, all my sponsors, the drivers and especially the fans."