Swan Racing Company has announced that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the #30 Swan Racing Toyota for the 55th Daytona 500. Waltrip will replace the team's regular driver David Stremme in the race. Stremme is part owner of Swan Racing. Waltrip will team with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr.
"I am so thrilled to drive the No. 30 Toyota for Swan Racing and the chance to win a third Daytona 500," said Waltrip on the one race deal. "Reuniting with crew chief Tony Eury Jr and Steve Hmiel brings back a lot of good memories and is going to create new ones."
Waltrip won the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500 with Dale Earnhardt Inc, the team Steve Hmiel and Tony Eury Jr worked for with Waltrip. Swan Racing regular driver David Stremme also commented on the situation.
"This is a great move for Swan Racing," said David Stremme, who will be the regular driver of the No. 30 Toyota. "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."
The #30 team was 38th in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points. With NASCAR's new qualifying rules, there are only six drivers locked into the field for the 55th Daytona 500. Waltrip will have to finish 15th or better to lock himself into the Daytona 500 in his qualifying race or be fast enough in qualifying to qualify for the race.
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