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Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip raced at the top of the racing world for over 20 years, but the question everyone interested in NASCAR wanted to know was how Michael Waltrip, American born of English ancestry, was able to go so fast. It seems like an odd question to ask, but in comparison to his competitors, Michael Waltrip ran on more even ground without needing to carry the more aerodynamic cars. In addition to his top speed, Michael Waltrip was regarded as the most competitive driver for his car making it a very low maintenance crew for any team.

According to his autobiography Blink of An Eye, Waltrip's career started at age 12. When he was 12 he phoned his older brother Darrell Waltrip, who was out racing in the 1978 Daytona 500 and asked Darrell to help him build a career in NASCAR. Darrell, however, claimed he had no time to help him and advised that Michael focused on school. When Michael asked his dad for help, his dad ignored his requests. With none of his parental figures helping him, Michael built his racing career all by himself with influence & help from his older brother Bobby Waltrip, who was very close to him in childhood. He began building a career by racing go-karts at carnivals and various racing clubs around his hometown. He won many races and, thanks to Bobby's help, was noticed by rising hotshot star Dale Earnhardt. When Waltrip moved out of his house, he moved in with Kyle Petty and then he ultimately ended up living with Richard Petty as a roommate. When Michael explained to Petty that he was going to try the Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series) to build his NASCAR career, Petty told Michael he was "wasting his time" and advised that Michael should immediately go for the Cup Series ride.

Michael Waltrip Racin

Michael Waltrip Racing Holdings LLC, doing business as Michael Waltrip Racing ("MWR"), was an American professional stock car racing team that last competed full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company was as a 50–50 partnership between Robert Kauffman, the founder and managing partner of Fortress Investment Group, and two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, who first established the team in 1996 in the Busch Series (now Xfinity Series). (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Michael Waltrip's Daytona 500 Top Moments

2017: Michael Waltrip has announced that the 2017 Daytona 500 will be his last as a driver. It will be his 56th career start at the superspeedway and his 30th Great American Race. He will pilot the No. 15 Premium Motorsports 'Thanks Mikey' Toyota. Take a look at Waltrip's most notable Daytona 500 appearances. (Source: www.nascar.com)

 

 

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