TORONTO, ON – On Saturday, February 9, two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will appear at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The veteran NASCAR racer, team owner, television personality, author and avid Twitter user (@mw55) will be making his first-ever appearance at the CME, signing autographs for fans and participating in an on-stage Q&A session. The CME takes place February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre.
Waltrip has taken part in 770 Sprint Cup events during his 28 years as a NASCAR driver. Now semi-retired as a competitor, Waltrip’s current focus is on his own Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) NASCAR Sprint Cup team, which campaigns cars for Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin. But on occasion, Waltrip can still be found behind the wheel of various racing vehicles, including his own. In fact, one week prior to his February 9 appearance in Toronto, he will be taking part in the legendary Rolex 24 Hour road race at Daytona International Speedway.
And the week after the CME, he will be back in Daytona in the hunt for his third career Daytona 500 victory. Waltrip recently announced he will be reunited with Crew Chief Tony Eury Jr. and Competition Director Steve Hmiel for a one-off outing with Swan Racing, at Daytona. Waltrip, Eury Jr. and Hmiel worked together at Dale Earnhardt Inc., when Waltrip went to victory lane following the 2001 and 2003 editions of The Great American Race. Waltrip’s MWR team is closely aligned with Toyota, he’s secured an engine, for Daytona, from Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
“With the racing season less than a month away, it’s a very busy and exciting time,” said Waltrip. “MWR had its most successful season ever, in 2012, and we’re really looking forward to 2013. Add into the mix that I’ll be racing in the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500, and I suspect I’ll have plenty to talk about with the fans at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. I look forward to meeting as many of them as possible and signing a lot of autographs.”
Commenting on Michael Waltrip’s upcoming appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, show co-promoter Rob Morton said, “In addition to being a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip is one of the most popular and recognizable personalities in all of racing. He’s involved in all aspects of the sport, which gives him a unique perspective. We’re very excited that he’s coming to the CME.”
Details surrounding Michael Waltrip’s appearance on Saturday, February 9 at the CME will be announced in the coming weeks. For updates on this and other CME news, visit the website at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.
ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including news, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.
UPDATE: Click here to see a video featuring Michael Waltrip, inviting Canadian racing fans to come see him at the CME.