Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota in the 2011 Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip Racing announced. If Waltrip makes the event, it will be his 25th consecutive 500 start.
Ten years ago I won the 500 in my first race with NAPA and we know February 18, 2001 is a day that NASCAR fans will never forget. What looked to be a storybook ending turned to tragedy seconds later. To mark the 10th anniversary of that race and my 25th consecutive 500 will be quite emotional for me and fans alike.
Update: It appears that Waltrip will have to qualify for the after a deal with TRG Motorsports to transfer the No. 71′s owners points to Waltrip for the Daytona 500 failed to come through.