Michael Waltrip has worked out a deal to drive for Hillman Racin gin this year's running of the Daytona 500.
The two-time Daytona 500 winner will pilot the No. 40 entry for the team owned by Mike Hillman with Aaron's sponsorship.
Hillman acquired the Camping World Truck Series assets of Germain Racing after the 2011 season and plans to expand his program to a Sprint Cup effort beginning with Waltrip at Daytona.
“I can’t think of a better way to start off the season than to have Michael Waltrip behind the wheel of our car at Daytona,” said Hillman, who credits longtime friend and co-owner Joe Falk for the inclusion of the Cup program under the Hillman Racing banner. “I’ve been in this sport a long time, but I’ve never been so excited to go to Daytona. To have two Daytona 500 champions at the start of the season – with Ward Burton in the truck and Michael in the Cup car – positions Hillman Racing for a strong debut and a chance to win both races.”
Waltrip will now compete against the three teams he owns and drivers Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer in the biggest race of the year.
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