Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Brian Vickers will be the full-time driver of the No. 55 Sprint Cup Series entry in 2014 and 2015. They also announced that Aaron’s has renewed to sponsor the car for every race through the 2015 season.
Vickers has split the No. 55 with Mark Martin the last two years but has been expected to take over full-time driving duties of that car for quite some time.
Vickers won the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the No. 55, which most likely solidified him as the candidate to take over the reigns of that car next season.
This season, Vickers has one win, one Top 5, and three Top 10s in nine starts. He filled in for Denny Hamlin, after Hamlin missed time due to a back injury.
I can’t put into words how this makes me feel. I’ve really found my home at MWR over the past few years, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the Aaron’s associates and customers. I am honored that Aaron’s is welcoming me into their family full-time. Knowing that I have a top-notch team and a dedicated sponsor for a full season is a really great feeling every driver dreams about, and like everyone else, I want to win races and win a championship. Michael and co-owner Rob Kauffman are really building something special at MWR and are giving me the tools to accomplish those goals.
MWR founder Michael Waltrip said:
Aaron’s is a cornerstone to MWR’s success. This is a big announcement today because it shows a tremendous vote of confidence in the sport of NASCAR and the entire Michael Waltrip Racing organization. The relationship with Aaron’s is very personal to me because they helped place Michael Waltrip Racing on the map in 2000 when I was running a half dozen Nationwide Series races from a small garage in my backyard. Now they are enabling MWR to continue its growth as we will have three drivers racing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in 2014 and beyond. So much of this confidence comes from the NASCAR fans who continue to support the sponsors of our teams. I want to sincerely thank the NASCAR fans who are Aaron’s customers because you make this all happen.
Aaron’s Chairman and CEO Ronald W. Allen said:
We at Aaron’s are thrilled about this partnership. We’re building a championship organization and we know that Brian Vickers and the No. 55 team, under Michael Waltrip’s tradition of winning, are focused on building a championship caliber team. So many of our customers are enthusiastic and loyal NASCAR fans and we are proud to be a part of a sport they are passionate about. We are looking forward to continued success with Brian Vickers both on and off the track.