Make no mistake; David Stremme is the driver of the No. 30 Swan Racing Toyota. But for one race, the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip will be behind the wheel in an attempt to win his third Great American Race in a special paint scheme honoring the victims of the tragic events in Newtown, CT. This move is a reflection of Stremme the man, who always puts the team ahead of his personal gains; it was his idea to have Waltrip sit in for the race in order to build the team’s relationship with Toyota.
“This is a great move for Swan Racing,” said Stremme. “Michael and I have been friends for a long time. We got to talking last year and from my perspective I thought this would help to further our relationship with Toyota and be a good building block for Swan Racing.”
Waltrip will pilot the special No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota and will be re-united with crew chief Tony Eury Jr.
“Driving the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota is like nothing I have ever been part of in my NASCAR career,” said driver Waltrip. “It will be an emotional week knowing that we have the potential to do so much good for the Newtown community. To donate $10, text NEWTOWN to 80888.”
Waltrip qualified for 25 consecutive Daytona 500s between 1987 and 2011 winning his first in 2001 and a second in 2003. In 2002, Waltrip won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, bringing his total to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at the “World Center of Racing.”
Swan Racing is building its team from the ground up by hiring veterans of the sport who share a common long-term vision for success.
“Michael is a familiar face for a lot of us here at Swan Racing,” said Eury. “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.”
Eury has been a part of 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories with Waltrip and Earnhardt Jr. He was part of teams that won the Budweiser Shootout twice at Daytona International Speedway in 2003 and 2008 with Earnhardt.
The Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday February 24, 2013 and will be broadcasted live on Fox.