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Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:20 am

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

The familiar No. 00 car is going away next year as Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip’s Toyota Camrys will carry the number 55 during the 2012 and 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons.

The number commemorates Charlie Loudermilk’s founding of Aaron’s, Inc. in 1955.

“This is a new era for the Aaron’s Dream Machine,” said Aaron’s Chief Operating Officer Ken Butler. “Our new driver lineup with Mark and Michael created a good opportunity for us to make more changes, including the car number. Every one of our employees knows the significance of the number 55 in our company, and I know they will have pride watching that number compete on Sundays while flying our colors.”

Martin will drive in 25 Sprint Cup events each of the next two seasons, sharing the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine with Waltrip who will drive seven events with Aaron’s sponsorship. Martin will join Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. in the MWR stable of drivers.

Martin will begin his tenure with MWR at the 2012 Daytona 500. Waltrip will run the remaining restrictor plate races plus the race in his home state of Kentucky. MWR plans to run a combination of drivers and sponsor partners to fill the remaining races when Martin and Waltrip are not behind the wheel.

“I love it, a new team, a new car and a new number,” said Martin. “The car number means a lot to the driver. We talked about a lot of different number options, but the number 55 means a lot to Aaron’s and to Michael, so I am proud to drive it.”

Waltrip raced the No. 55 at Bill Davis Racing in 2006 and 2007-2009, the first three years of MWR’s existence.

“This means a lot to me,” said Waltrip. “I know how far MWR has come since we started with the No. 55 NAPA Toyota and how much we’ve grown heading into 2012. To get back into the No. 55 Toyota in 2012 and share driving duties with a first ballot hall of famer in Mark Martin is certainly an honor.”

Aaron’s relationship with MWR began in 2000 when the Atlanta-based company sponsored six races for Waltrip’s Nationwide team. The relationship grew from a partial Nationwide program to one of the most recognizable Cup partnerships in the sport with aggressive activation and extensive usage of Waltrip and MWR in television and radio commercials.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:42 pm

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Mikey should just take the four plate races and let Martin drive the rest.  Mikey is an above-average plate racer, but really hasn't done much on conventional tracks lately.  I almost wish Mikey would sell his team so he would be eligible to be on TV with no perceived conflict of interest.  He would be even better than his brother.  He could work for ESPN so that there would always be a Waltrip in the booth, whether it was on ESPN or Fox.  
Mikey does have a long way to go before he will match Darrell's 84 wins, though. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:57 am

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Good luck to Martin!  I was hoping a while back and once I knew Kahne was replacing him in the #5 that Mark would somehow, someway be back with Roush.  I will always attach Mark to the Roush #6 especially those great Valvoline years. 

I guess that wasn't or couldn't happen because the last I knew the #6 is to no longer exist.  I think Roush will only have Kenseth #17, Biffle #16, and Edwards #99 in sprint cup next year, and both Edwards and Kenseth were and will be very strong title contenders in 2012.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:45 pm

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Unfortunately I can ;  just go to and click on the shop button , then look at the order of the drivers ; they are listed in order of sales ;   look where Reutimann is relative to Martin.  I'll do the work  - Martin is 7th and Beak is 24th.   T-shirt sales = success.  

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:43 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:41 pm

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Reutimann is pretty old though, you have got to wonder how much of a window his prime has left. I think Waltrip made the right move if he can find a talented young driver on the market for 2013. Ryan Truex maybe?

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:02 pm

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

i for the life of me cannot figure out the reasoning behind this move...its a very short term fix...martin hasnt won in a while and is at the very end of his career....ruetimann is still in his prime and has won the only 2 races mwr has ever won..if michael waltrip was bringing in an austin dillon or a ricky stenhouse jr. i would understand the logic of not bringing david back..but to me the only thing this move brings is name recognition and maybe some sponsors....but i highly doubt it will bring better result on the track.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:21 pm

Martin, Waltrip to share No. 55

Forget Aaron's, the sponsors should be Depends and Geritol.

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