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Michael Waltrip, Swan Racing to Honor Newtown in Daytona 500

In a joint press conference with Michael Waltrip and NASCAR, Swan Racing announced their special plans for the Daytona 500.

Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota in the 2013 Daytona 500 in a once race deal.

David Stremme who is the scheduled driver for the team will not race in Daytona after the team made a deal with Waltrip to run in the Daytona 500. Stremme will return in Phoenix along with the typical No. 30 Swan Racing Toyota.

After announcing that Waltrip will run the special paint scheme in honor of the victims of the Newtown shootings last year, Brian France announced that he and his wife have donated $50,000 to kick off the campaign. The NASCAR Foundation will match the France’s donations too.

NASCAR President Mike Helton had a direct connection to the Newtown community. A friend’s son runs the family nursery business there, and his young sons knew many of the victims and their loved ones. –

All three Michael Waltrip Racing cars will carry a special decal for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Waltrip said that the week will be a very important and emotional week knowing how much he and the NASCAR community can do for Newtown.

You can make a $10 donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.

Tags: Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Michael Waltrip NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Swan Racing

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