DRIVER

  • Raced in NASCAR’s top divisions including 30 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
  • Winner of the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500 - NASCAR’s crown jewel event. One of 11 multi-time winners.
  • Four career wins and four career poles in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.
  • Eleven career wins in NASCAR Nationwide Series and winner of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World truck series race at Daytona.
  • Winner of the 1996 NASCAR All-Star Race. Winner of the 1991, 1992 Winston Open and 1995 Winston Select.
  • Only Waltrip and Mark Martin own victories in four different decades in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World truck series.
  • Only Waltrip, Richard Petty, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton have more than 1,000 starts in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World truck series.
  • Began racing career in go-karts in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. 
  • Stock car career took off when he won Mini-Modified division track championship in Kentucky in 1981.
  • Won six races in 1983 en route to NASCAR’s Dash Series championship.
  • Made Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1985.
  • Drove for Bahari Racing (1987-1995), Wood Brothers Racing (1996-1998) and Jimmy Smith/Mattei Racing (1999-2000). 
  • Joined Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2001, won his first race with the team and scored three more victories before leaving organization in 2005.
  • Ushered Toyota into NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2007 and drove the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing.
  • Became part-time driver in 2010 and scored two top-5 finishes in only four starts in 2013.
  • Raced in international sports car competition in the 24 Hours of LeMans, Abu Dhabi, Belgium as well as the 2012 and 2013 Rolex 24 in Daytona.
  • Performed three times at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (2011, 2013 and 2014) in England.

 

CAR OWNER

  • Started part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series team behind his house in Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., in 1995. Four of his 13 Nationwide Series victories came as a driver/owner.
  • In 2007, MWR led Toyota’s efforts during the manufacturer’s first year in Sprint Cup competition. Opened the doors of his one-of-a-kind race shop and fan experience in a former movie theater in Cornelius, N.C.
  • Welcomed Rob Kauffman as co-owner in fall of 2007.
  • In 2012, MWR earned its first two berths in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup with Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. Bowyer finished runner-up in the 2012 championship.
  • Bowyer also qualified for the Chase in 2013, finishing seventh.
  • MWR owns seven NASCAR Sprint Cup wins with four different drivers
    • David Reutimann (2009 Coca-Cola 600, 2011 Chicagoland)
    • Clint Bowyer (Sonoma, Richmond and Charlotte all in 2012)
    • Martin Truex Jr. (Sonoma in 2013)
    • Brian Vickers (New Hampshire in 2013)

 

 

BROADCAST/MEDIA:

  • Broadcaster for nearly 20 years.
  • Analyst for NASCAR on Fox since 2012.
  • Analyst/Commentator for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races aired on Fox Sports 1 (previously Speed).
  • Hosted popular show that began as Inside Winston Cup 1996-2007.
  • In-studio expert analyst for Inside NASCAR on Showtime 2010-2012.
  • Waltrip’s best-selling book “In the Blink of an Eye” marked the 10th anniversary of his 2001 Daytona 500 victory. After hitting the shelves in January 2011, it soared to fourth and spent 11 weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller list.
  • Large presence in social media with a Twitter following exceeding 320,000 followers and growing number on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Starred in national television commercials for Aaron’s, 5-hour ENERGY, NAPA, Dominos, Best Western, UPS and Toyota.

 

PERSONAL:

  • Date of Birth: April 30, 1963                                      
  • Residence: Huntersville, N.C. Hometown: Owensboro, Ky.     
  • Children: Caitlin & Macy
  • Younger brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip.
  • Member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Ran in four marathons including the 2000 Boston Marathon.
  • Donated $1 million to Victory Junction Camp in North Carolina.
  • The Waltrip Brothers Charity has raised more than $1 million for charities since its inception in 2010.
  • With dance partner Emma Slater, Waltrip advanced to the 7th round of competition in the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars. More than 12 million viewers’ watched Waltrip dance for 8 consecutive weeks in the fall of 2014.