A statement from the auto parts giant said simply, “After thorough consideration, NAPA has made the difficult decision to end its sponsorship arrangement with Michael Waltrip Racing effective December 31, 2013. NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR. We remain supportive of the millions of NASCAR fans and will evaluate our future position in motorsports.”
NASCAR fined MWR $300,000 and indefinitely suspended Executive Vice President/General Manager Ty Norris for manipulating the outcome of a recent race at Richmond International Raceway. MWR’s three Sprint Cup Series teams (No. 15, 55, 56) were docked 50 championship driver and owner points, bouncing Truex from the postseason championship Chase. The three crew chiefs – Brian Pattie (No. 15), Scott Miller (No. 55) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) – were all been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
At the time, NAPA said it would re-evaluate its relationship with MWR, saying, ““The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. 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.”
MWR has not yet commented on today’s announcement.