The first move of silly season has officially been made. And wouldn’t you know it in this economy, the foreign manufacturer came out ahead.
It was announced in front of a packed Michael Waltrip Racing shop at roughly 12:45 Eastern time that Martin Truex Jr. will drive the #56 Napa Toyota Camry in 2010.
Truex made his grand entrance by driving his future #56 Camry out by the stage, and climbing out of the window. When asked about the significance of the number change, Truex said that “It is a number that has been in his family for many years,” and that “It was the number he always used before he drove in the NASCAR Busch Series.”
Also announced during the conference was that Waltrip will be retiring from full-time competition after the 2009 season. Waltrip will race a limited schedule in 2010, and he emphasized that he will be driving the #55 Napa Camry in the 52nd Daytona 500 in February.
Napa also announced that they would be extending their contract with MWR, but details on the extension have not yet been announced.