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Waltrip adds Truck race to already busy weekend

February 11, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Will run his first Truck race at Daytona in No. 15 for Vision Aviation Racing

With 25 plus years in the sport, it isn't often Michael Waltrip experiences something new in NASCAR. But next week at Daytona International Speedway, the two-time Daytona 500 champion enters his first Camping World Truck Series race on the 2.5-mile track.

Vision Aviation Racing announced Thursday that Waltrip will drive the No. 15 Toyota in the Feb. 18 Truck Series race.

Michael Waltrip

Career Truck results
YearTrackStartFinish
1997Disney231
1997Martinsville1235
1997Fontana277
1998Fontana3131
2004Charlotte135
2004Indy1536
2006Homestead3017

"I love Daytona and I've always wanted to race a truck there," Waltrip said. "Those races are so fun to watch on television or be a part of in the broadcast booth. Last year's winner hit the wall on the last lap and the guy who finished second spun out. It was an amazing last lap. I want to be part of that."

The addition of the Truck race means Waltrip will race in all three NASCAR national races at Daytona -- another first for Waltrip. Waltrip will drive the No. 15 Toyota in the Daytona 500 and the No. 99 Toyota in the Nationwide race.

"On my way to retirement I seem to have gotten really busy," said Waltrip, who owns two top-five finishes in eight Truck starts. "I've always wanted to run all three races down in Daytona so now after 25 years I get my chance. I've come so close to winning Truck races and I would like to get that accomplished."

Waltrip's VAR Tundra carries a special paint scheme to commemorate his 2001 Daytona 500 victory driving for car owner Dale Earnhardt, who died in a Turn 4 accident on the final lap of that race.

The No. 15's sponsor, NASCAR.COM RaceView, is the most comprehensive Sprint Cup Series race experience online, allowing fans to watch the action and listen to live in-car audio right from a computer. The brand new and improved RaceView gives fans control of live race coverage with the ability to customize their entire experience. RaceView features upgraded virtual video and even more camera angles including pit road.

NASCAR.COM will also be launching Truck RaceBuddy, content which will provide live feeds of racing action from four different camera angles and a mosaic view, all featuring the natural sounds of the action on the track. Waltrip is always happy to be a part of getting fans closer to the action.

"There is so much action in the Truck Series, and it is really difficult to capture it all. NASCAR has always been all about getting fans closer to the action and now with this new content from NASCAR.COM they will be able to do just that."

The Vision Aviation Racing team begins its first season in the Truck Series after sweeping the top two spots with drivers Justin Johnson and Dusty Davis in the Whelen All-American Series in 2010. The team won 74 percent of the 19 races it entered and plans to make an impact in the ultra-competitive Truck Series.

"With Michael's proven track record at Daytona and our exciting partnerships, we at VAR are looking forward to great things in Daytona," said Tom Davis, VAR general manager.