Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Waltrip To Race Talladega With `Bama Colors

Michael Waltrip returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday in the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The two-time Daytona 500 champion’s car will carry a special paint scheme honoring the 2012 University of Alabama’s BCS National Championship football team. Waltrip will sport an Alabama firesuit and a specially painted helmet similar to the school’s football helmet. Waltrip, winner of the Talladega fall race in 2003, nearly won the October race before a last lap wreck.
“Every time I go to Talladega, I have a lot of confidence because of all the success I have had there before. I have been able to win there and I came pretty close to winning there last year. It’s awesome going to a track that you know you have a chance to win. For me, this weekend, it’s all about putting that No. 55 Aaron’s/Alabama National Championship Toyota into Victory Lane.
“It’s going to be really fun to race the Alabama National Championship car this weekend,” he said. “There are a lot of passionate fan in that part of the world that love Alabama football and NASCAR. It’s a special opportunity to mix the two together. I really look forward to representing all the Alabama fans this weekend in Talladega.”

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