MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - LIFELOCK 400


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MICHAEL WALTRIP

Today it was announced that Patrick Carpentier will drive for you next week at Infineon Raceway. What prompted your decision to do that?
“There are so many great road course racers competing in Sonoma this year, and as the owner and driver of the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, I am in a unique position,” said Waltrip who has two top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in his NASCAR Sprint Cup road racing career. “If I see where I can improve my car’s performance then that’s exactly what I am going to do. I am a good road racer, but Patrick is a great road racer.

“I love being an owner and I want to get another win for NAPA. It will feel just as good if I get the victory for NAPA or watching from the pit box with Patrick driving the car. I appreciate NAPA allowing me to make these kind of personnel moves when I feel it is best for the team.”

What do you like about racing at Michigan International Speedway?
Michigan provides for a fun day of racing. You can go up high and run up against the wall or you can cut to the very bottom. You can expect to see people in the same car doing both things. Your car may work on the bottom, but then you may need to change things up and go up against the wall to find speed. You just have to drive your car and that’s what you love about the track as a driver – you can drive it anywhere. Sometimes you just have to adjust your line based on what your car is asking for.

“I like what we see during qualifying. It will be impressive as I expect to see speeds over 210 miles per hour heading into a corner. That’s hard to imagine but it’s true. It’s impressive considering the big, old car we race.”

How hard will Michigan be on engines?
“With the new gear rule that we run, the engines are not stressed as much as they used to be. In the past, we used to gear our motors for the back straightaway. We needed a lot of power down that short, back straightaway and it turned too much on the front side. Now, NASCAR has us in a box where we can turn our engines. You will see some failures on Sunday. It is inevitable, but I don’t feel it is a big deal.”

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will be competing in his 740th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    when the 15th event of the 2009 Sprint Cup season, the LifeLock 400, gets underway at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan.
  • Waltrip has competed in 47 events at MIS. His best start is first (June 23, 1991) and best finish is fourth
    (June 16, 2002) in the NAPA machine. In total, he has two top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Michigan.
  • Waltrip has completed 8,755 of 9,291 laps (94.2%) at the track and has led a total of 16 laps in competition. His average start is 22nd and average finish is 20th.
  • Waltrip has raced in 11 Nationwide Series events at MIS. He has collected one win, two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has led 68 laps in Nationwide Series competition at the track.
  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Waltrip is 32nd in driver and owner standings. He’s
    less than 100 points out of the top-25 in the championship standings. He is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday’s race.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - Michigan International Speedway

DATE START FINISH DATE START FINISH
8/11/1985 31 18 8/17/1997 31 22
6/15/1986 36 22 6/14/1998 24 21
8/17/1986 29 32 8/16/1998 30 22
6/28/1987 15 39 6/13/1999 16 15
8/16/1987 28 20 8/22/1999 20 13
6/26/1988 34 28 6/11/2000 15 22
8/21/1988 28 7 8/20/2000 18 21
6/25/1989 28 16 6/10/2001 35 29
8/20/1989 22 31 8/19/2001 7 36
6/24/1990 16 21 6/16/2002 2 4
8/19/1990 34 30 8/18/2002 3 15
6/23/1991 1 34 6/15/2003 9 5
8/18/1991 21 9 8/17/2003 13 7
6/21/1992 41 27 6/20/2004 19 10
8/16/1992 26 22 8/22/2004 17 17
6/20/1993 10 37 6/19/2005 30 7
8/15/1993 28 16 8/21/2005 24 27
6/19/1994 11 8 6/18/2006 28 25
8/21/1994 10 14 8/20/2006 22 23
6/18/1995 24 12 6/17/2007 18 10
8/20/1995 25 11 8/21/2007 11 40
6/23/1996 20 32 6/15/2008 38 23
8/18/1996 10 25 8/17/2008 42 19
6/15/1997 38 16
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2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW

Shannon Myers Front Tire Changer
Chris Hall Front Tire Carrier
Tony Cardamone Jack Man
Andy Thurman Rear Tire Changer
Dwayne Moore Rear Tire Carrier
Art Harris Gasman
Shawn Soules Catch Can
Ron Otto Eighth Man
Mike Ellershaw Hose and Sign
Craig Harper Gas Runner
Mark Maloney Second Gas Can

EVENT FACTS
Race: 15 of 36
LifeLock 400
Michigan International Speedway

Length: 2-Mile, D-Shaped Oval
Distance: 200 laps/400 miles

Date: Sunday, June 14
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV:TNT
Radio: MRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128

2008 Winner: Dale Jr.
2008 Pole: Kyle Busch

NOTABLES
Cup Qualifying
Friday, June 12 at 3 p.m.
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Cup Practices
Fri., June 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Sat., June 13 at 11 a.m. &
12 p.m.
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This Week in NASCAR
Monday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
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