|Waltrip: "We're not immoral..."|
“The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning,” said a written statement on the company's Facebook page. “We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment. In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA AUTO PARTS organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization.
5 Hour Energy, sponsors of Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota, has also commented on the situation, saying, “We respect NASCAR's penalties against MWR and are addressing our sponsorship relations internally. We appreciate your understanding and patience."
Team owner Michael Waltrip defended the actions of his team, telling FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR Race Hub, “We're not immoral, we're not irresponsible. The decisions were made just based on circumstances. As we look back, obviously, we would have been smarter and done things differently, had we had that option.”
Commenting on the decision by MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager Ty Norris to call driver Brian Vickers to pit road in the closing laps of the race, Waltrip said, “It was impossible to defend, because we did it. I don't know if I would have done it any differently. We've seen people give up positions all the time in this sport to give a teammate a point. It happens. We've seen the leader pull over so another guy can lead. I would have screwed that one up, too."