By AMANDA VINCENT
Michael Waltrip Racing may be planning to shut down at the end of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when team co-owner takes his funds elsewhere, specifically Chip Ganassi Racing, but MWR co-owner and namesake Michael Waltrip plans to compete in the 2016 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Waltrip may not have a team, but he does have a Daytona 500 sponsor in Mawxwell House Coffee.
“I’m going to Daytona in February with Maxwell House, Waltrip said, according to an ESPN report. “There will be some cars left over at MWR, and I’m probably in line to get a good Toyota engine, being a partner with those guys from the beginning.”
Although Michael Waltrip Racing is shutting down with the completion of the 2015 race season, the complete closure isn’t expected to be finalized until April, and Waltrip expects to still have some race cars around at the start of the 2016 season. He doesn’t know, though, if his Daytona 500 efforts will come from the MWR stable or with another Sprint Cup team that races under the Toyota banner, either as driver for another team or under a partnership between MWR and another Toyota team.
Waltrip retired from full-time Sprint Cup Series competition as a driver at the end of the 2009 season, but he still races sparingly, primarily in restrictor place races, specifically at Daytona.
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