Michael Waltrip Racing, along with sponsor Aaron’s, will honor the 2013 BCS National Champion Florida State University Seminoles when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 5, according to a press release on Wednesday from MWR.
The No. 55 Toyota driven by Brian Vickers will carry a special paint scheme honoring the champions, and Vicker will wear a special firesuit, also honoring FSU.
“Everyone in America knows about Florida State’s tradition of success especially in athletics,” Vickers said. “Aaron’s and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in victory lane. I’m excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We’re hoping it will give us a ‘home field’ advantage we need.”
The car will be unveiled at the Florida State Sprint Game on April 12.
“Aaron’s is proud to feature the Florida State football championship paint scheme on the No. 55 Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway,” Aaron’s Director of Sports and Event Marketing Rich Lamprey said. “We have a history of showcasing collegiate championships on our racecars to highlight our brand’s involvement in collegiate sports. We hope that NASCAR fans and college sports fans alike will appreciate the FSU paint scheme, and we look forward to Brian bringing the Seminoles to the checkered flag in Daytona.”
In the past, MWR and Aaron’s have recognized NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville at Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and other BCS National Championships won by Auburn (Ala.) University and the University of Alabama at races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.