Michael Waltrip will team up with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr., and Swan Racing to compete in the 2013 Daytona 500. The one-race deal allows Waltrip another chance to compete in “The Great American Race” without detracting from the resources of his own Michael Waltrip Racing. The deal also allows Swan Racing an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience from working with a Daytona 500 winner in their Sprint Cup Series debut.
“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. “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.”
Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. looks to benefit from past experience of working with Waltrip.
“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.”
For the remainder of the 2013 season, David Stremme is slated to drive the number 30 Swan Racing Toyota. For the Daytona 500, Stremme gladly steps aside to benefit the team.
“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.”
In the first day of testing in Daytona, Michael Waltrip kept is owner’s hat on, working with Michael Waltrip Racing and not Swan Racing.