CORNELIUS, N.C. (MichaelWaltripRacing.com) – Mark Martin, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip will continue to share the driving duties in Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota in 2013.
MWR announced Friday that Martin will drive in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup points races, plus the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona and the All-Star race in Charlotte. Waltrip's three races include the July Daytona race plus both Talladega races. Vickers' nine races include all the Bristol, Martinsville, New Hampshire and road course events, as well as the Kentucky Speedway race.
"I love my schedule and I love our lineup," said 40-time winner Martin whose four poles in 2012 equal the most of any driver. "Brian has a tremendous amount of experience and talent for such a young driver and you saw at Talladega that Michael Waltrip is as good as anyone in a restrictor plate race."
All three drivers have enjoyed success working with Rodney Childers who will return as crew chief in 2013. Martin owns four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 21 races while Vickers has posted three top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven races for MWR in 2012. Waltrip owns a top-10 finish at Talladega in May and nearly won at Talladega in October.
The team is 14th in car owner points as Vickers makes his eighth and final appearance of the season this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Martin will drive the No. 55 in the remaining 2012 races.
Martin and Waltrip will continue to drive the Aaron's Dream Machine paint scheme in 2013 while sponsorship for six of Vickers' nine races is available.
No. 55 2013 Schedule
2/16 Daytona International Speedway (Shootout) - Martin
2/24 Daytona 500 - Martin
3/3 Phoenix International Raceway - Martin
3/10 Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Martin
3/17 Bristol Motor Speedway - Vickers
3/24 Auto Club Speedway - Martin
4/7 Martinsville Speedway - Vickers
4/13 Texas Motor Speedway - Martin
4/21 Kansas Speedway - Martin
4/27 Richmond International Raceway - Martin
5/5 Talladega Superspeedway - Waltrip
5/11 Darlington Raceway - Martin
5/18 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte Motor Speedway) - Martin
5/26 Charlotte Motor Speedway - Martin
6/2 Dover International Speedway - Martin
6/9 Pocono Raceway - Martin
6/16 Michigan International Speedway - Martin
6/23 Sonoma - Vickers
6/29 Kentucky Speedway - Vickers
7/6 Daytona International Speedway - Waltrip
7/14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Vickers
7/28 Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Martin
8/4 Pocono Raceway - Martin
8/11 Watkins Glen International - Vickers
8/18 Michigan International Speedway - Martin
8/24 Bristol Motor Speedway - Vickers
9/1 Atlanta Motor Speedway - Martin
9/7 Richmond International Raceway - Martin
9/15 Chicagoland Speedway - Martin
9/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Vickers
9/29 Dover International Speedway - Martin
10/6 Kansas Speedway - Martin
10/12 Charlotte Motor Speedway - Martin
10/20 Talladega Superspeedway - Waltrip
10/27 Martinsville Speedway - Vickers
11/3 Texas Motor Speedway - Martin
11/10 Phoenix International Raceway - Martin
11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway - Martin