Add the Daytona 500 to Michael Waltrip's busy Speedweeks schedule.
Hillman Racing and Aaron’s Inc. announced Monday two-time Daytona 500
champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 40 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota in
the 2012 Daytona 500 for the organization. The race will mark
Waltrip’s 75th start at Daytona in one of NASCAR’s top three series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks, the most of any
“Aaron’s really does
make your dreams come true,” said Waltrip. “When I was a kid thinking about
racing in Daytona I never dreamed I would start more NASCAR races there than
anyone. That’s amazing.”
Waltrip said it takes many
factors for success.
“You have to have a
great sponsor to race and Aaron’s has been a great sponsor for a long time.”
Waltrip said. “I appreciate what the folks at Hillman Racing including Joe Falk
are putting together. Hopefully my experience at Daytona will help them get out
of the gate strong with their new team.”
Waltrip will race the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream
Machine Toyota in the Feb. 18 Budweiser Shootout, oversee his three Cup
teams at Michael Waltrip Racing and host several top executives from corporate
America attending the races with the team. He will also continue his
television work serving as a commentator for Speed's Truck series broadcasts
and begin his new role as an analyst for the Fox NASCAR Sunday broadcasts,
joining his brother and Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip.