New NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Swan Racing, announced on Thursday that Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the organization’s No. 30 Toyota in the 2013 Daytona 500, scheduled for Feb. 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. David Stremme has already been announced as the driver for the No. 30, and he will assume the ride following Daytona.
“Swan Racing is here to compete and to build a championship contender,” Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis said. “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.”
Although the move to put Waltrip in the car leaves Stremme without a ride for Daytona, the team’s regular driver is not harboring any ill-will.
“This is a great move for Swan Racing,” Stremme said. “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.”
While the face behind the wheel will be different, the same man will be atop the pit box as crew chief — Tony Eury Jr. This will make for a reunion for crew chief and driver, and Eury was Waltrip’s crew chief in 2005 when they were both with the now-defunct Dale Earnhardt Inc.
“Michael is a familiar face for a lot of us here at Swan Racing,” Eury said. “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.”
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