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Michael Waltrip to drive No. 30 in Daytona 500

January 10, 2013, Staff Report, NASCAR.com

Michael Waltrip to drive No. 30 in Daytona 500
Race will reunite former driver and crew chief pair

Swan Racing announced Thursday that two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 30 Toyota in the Great American Race with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. calling the shots on top of the pit box. Eury was Waltrip’s crew chief during the 2005 season at Dale Earnhardt Inc. for 26 races.

Rounding out the reunion is Steve Hmiel, recently named competition director at Swan Racing, which is under new ownership. (The team was formerly Inception Motorsports.) David Stremme will wheel the car for the remainder of the season.

The three have history that dates back to their days at Dale Earnhardt Inc., but Waltrip said while it brings back good memories, the reunion “is going to create new ones.”

"I am thrilled to drive the No. 30 Toyota for Swan Racing and the chance to win a third Daytona 500," Waltrip said about the one-race deal.

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Brandon Davis, owner of Swan Racing, believes they can contend for the win and will not start and park.

"Swan Racing is here to compete and to build a championship contender," Davis said. "This one-race partnership with Michael puts a two-time champion behind the wheel and the No. 30 in the mix at the Daytona 500."

Waltrip raced in 25 consecutive Daytona 500s (1987-2011), winning in 2001 and 2003 and took the victory in the July 2002 race.

Eury Jr. is no stranger to wins at Daytona, either. He assisted in two Sprint Unlimited (formerly Budweiser Shootout) wins for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and has 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories under his belt.

"Michael is a familiar face for a lot of us here at Swan Racing," Eury said. "We know each other's habits, wants and needs on the track. We're going to Daytona to compete and hopefully we'll make a mark for Swan Racing."