Labonte To Sub For Waltrip

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Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion, Terry Labonte will step into the No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry for the road course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

“It’s not an easy decision for me to remove myself from the car, but I know it is for the betterment of our whole program,” said Waltrip. “I know Terry’s experience and road race savvy will breathe a breath of fresh air into my young NAPA team.”

Labonte has had much success at road course tracks finishing third at Infineon Raceway last year and has six top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen International.

“To put Terry in the car is a reflection of the big picture we are trying to establish with this NAPA Racing team and I know this will be a spark this team needs,” Waltrip said. “I look forward to watching the NAPA team compete and learning more about all the MWR cars from a different perspective, exclusively as an owner.”

Waltrip’s sponsor, NAPA Auto Parts, supports his decision.

“NAPA appreciates and respects Michael’s dedication to move our racing program forward and regain our on-track competitive edge,” said NAPA President Bob Susor. “We thank him for his efforts and dedication to NAPA and welcome the addition of NASCAR champion Terry Labonte to the NAPA family for these road-course events.”

Waltrip will return to his NAPA Toyota for the Lenox Industrial Tool 300 on July 1st at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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