CORNELIUS, NC. –What does a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver do on an off weekend? If he’s Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, he’s headed to Hollywood! The two-time Daytona 500 champion, who is known for his comedic personality, is appearing in an episode of the NBC sitcom, My Name Is Earl.
“In my opinion, My Name is Earl is an instant classic,” said Waltrip, who is currently 16th in the NASCAR championship points standings. “I am proud to be a part of this show as it always tells a great story about Earl’s need to do good things for people. How he gets to the resolution is absolutely hilarious.”
Waltrip’s opportunity to be on the show came shortly after the airing of an Auto Club Speedway commercial he appeared in with actor Greg Germann. The speedway’s President Gillian Zucker, who has many connections in the entertainment industry, recommended using Waltrip to her friend, Greg Garcia, the creator and executive producer of My Name is Earl.
“This experience is going to be a lot of fun for me,” Waltrip continued. “I play myself and I help Earl and his brother Randy get out of a big jam.”
Waltrip will be in California through Saturday. The episode featuring Waltrip is scheduled to air on Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET – which happens to be Waltrip’s 46th birthday.
My Name is Earl is a show about a man named Earl (Jason Lee, "Almost Famous," "Chasing Amy") who has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events.
The comedy has received the People's Choice Award, two Television Critics Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Emmy Awards for writing, directing, casting and editing. Entering its fourth season, "Earl" anchors the Thursday-night lineup.
Created and written by Greg Garcia (“Yes, Dear), “My Name Is Earl” is executive-produced by Garcia and and Bobby Bowman (“Yes, Dear”). The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and Amigos de Garcia.