Michael Waltrip to drive for Swan Racing in the Daytona 500

For Immediate Release:  
December 11, 2012
Contact: Ramsey Poston
Tuckahoe Strategies

Two-time champion reunites with former crew chief for the Great American Race

Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, will pilot Swan Racing's No. 30 in the 2013 "Great American Race," reuniting him with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. The race marks Swan Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut since announcing its new ownership this month. 


"I am thrilled to drive the No. 30 Toyota for Swan Racing and the chance to win a third Daytona 500," said Waltrip about the one-race deal. "Reuniting with Tony Jr. and Steve Hmiel brings back a lot of good memories and is going to create new ones."  


"Swan Racing is here to compete and to build a championship contender," said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis who has vowed to end the practice of habitual "start and parks" for the team. "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 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."


"This is a great move for Swan Racing," said David Stremme who will be the regular driver of the No. 30 Toyota."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." 


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.  Steve Hmiel, named competition director last week, has over 35 years of experience as a crew chief, car chief and competition director.  He has worked with NASCAR greats such as Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Waltrip.  Hmiel was Waltrip's crew chief for 12 races in 2001.  


Tony Eury Jr. will be the crew chief for the No. 30 Toyota.  The addition of Waltrip for the 2013 Daytona 500 reunites another driver and crew chief combination. Eury was Waltrip's crew chief in 2005 where they teamed up for 26 races. 


"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.

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25th Annual Motorsports Expo This Weekend

For more information, visit http://www.NortheastMotorsportsExpo.net or E-mailsperry@mainelymotorsportstv.com

AUGUSTA, Maine – The quarter-century anniversary of New England's longest continuously running motorsports exposition will be celebrated this weekend, Jan. 11-13, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Featuring two former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, the unveiling of the Heluva Good! 25, track and series displays, industry vendors, driver autograph sessions and more, the 25th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo is back bigger and better than ever. Ricky Craven and Steve Park – who each have Sprint Cup Series wins on their New England-based resumes – will participate in a "Passing The Mic" seminar at 8 p.m. on the show's opening night.

Doors open Friday, January 11, at 5 p.m.

"We have a great lineup of events taking place all weekend," said Expo promoter Steve Perry, owner of the Mainely Motorsports television show. "There's something for everybody, too – from fans to crew members to drivers. I think this will be our best Expo yet."

The Heluva Good! 25 will recognize the Top 25 personalities in New England motorsports who have been most influential in stock car racing's growth in the region. The announcement of the Heluva Good! 25 begins at 7 p.m. Friday night.

A panel of New England media members will once again participate in "The Media Speaks Out" on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Perry, four-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Andy Santerre, Karl Fredrickson of Speedway Illustrated, John Williams from "In The Pits," Travis Barrett of GWC Motorsports Marketing and Mike Twist of Speed 51 are scheduled to be part of the panel.

One of the most highly-anticipated new events is the Last Chance Motorsports Pit Stop Challenge which encourages fans to try their hand at completing an actual pit stop. Teams will be entered in a race against the clock, with the best teams of the entire weekend squaring off in the finals on Sunday, Jan. 13 at noon.

New to the 2013 Northeast Motorsports Expo are three seminars, including "Grassroots Motorsports Marketing" presented by Texas Roadhouse and the Northeast Mini Stock Tour. There will also be a seminar for spotters and an all-day body shop seminar Saturday presented by Quirk Auto.

"A lot of people have stepped up to make this event what it is, and I can't thank them enough," Perry said. "Team EJP, Quirk Auto, Heluva Good!, New England Racing Fuel and Mainely Motorsports have all played large roles in keeping the tradition that is the Northeast Motorsports Expo going."

For more information, including a detailed schedule of seminars and events, expo times and ticket prices, visit www.NortheastMotorsportsExpo.net.


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