Vickers to honor Florida State at Daytona
April 09, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
MWR's No. 55 to pay tribute to 2013 BCS national champions
Brian Vickers' car will sport a college football-themed look this summer at Daytona International Speedway, carrying a Florida State BCS national championship commemorative paint scheme in the Coke Zero 400.
Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota and Vickers' driver uniform will be awash in the school's traditional garnet and gold colors for the July 5 race, carrying a special championship logo on the hood. The car will be officially unveiled, accompanied by a video message from Vickers, at the Seminoles' April 12 spring football intrasquad scrimmage.
"Everyone in America knows about Florida State's tradition of success, especially in athletics," Vickers said in a team release. "Aaron's and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in Victory Lane. I'm excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We're hoping it will give us a 'home field' advantage we need."
It's not the first time MWR has honored college champions with new-look cars. Vickers drove a Louisville-themed car last season at Kentucky Speedway to honor that school's NCAA basketball championship in 2013. The previous year, team owner Michael Waltrip drove a No. 55 entry in blue and white to honor the University of Kentucky's basketball title that season.
The Waltrip team has also paid tribute to Alabama and Auburn football national championships at Talladega Superspeedway four times since 2009.
Florida State defeated Auburn 34-31 on Jan. 6 to complete a perfect 14-0 season.