Sunday, April 30, 2017

Michael Waltrip Born In Owensboro, Kentucky - April 30, 1963

April 30, 1963
Michael Waltrip
(Photo: Michael Waltrip Photo by Ted Van Pelt via photopin (license))
Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA.
He is a NASCAR driver, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, racing commentator, and published author. He is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion and racing commentator Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, having won the race in 2001 and 2003. He is also a pre-race analyst for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and color commentator for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcasts for Fox Sports. Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500; having won the race in 2001 and 2003. He also competed in the 2011 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans. He last raced in the 2017 Daytona 500, driving the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Premium Motorsports.
AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia Driven by Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas and Michael Waltrip.

When not racing, he is a commentator alongside his older brother Darrell for NASCAR on Fox. Waltrip is an avid runner. In 2000, he participated in the Boston Marathon.

Waltrip appeared on the two-part April 30, 2009/May 7, 2009 episode of My Name Is Earl entitled "Inside Probe."

On September 4, 2014, Waltrip was announced as one of the celebrities who would participate on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Emma Slater. They were eliminated on November 3, 2014.

In 2001, Waltrip was hired by Dale Earnhardt to drive his team's new #15 NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo entry. In his first race with the team, the 2001 Daytona 500, Waltrip broke his streak of 462 consecutive Cup races without a victory and won his first career points-paying Cup race. His teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished in 2nd. However, the win itself was largely overshadowed by Earnhardt, Sr.'s fatal crash on the last lap. In the movie The Day: Remembering Dale Earnhardt, Waltrip said that Earnhardt let him in line late in the race, which allowed him to take the lead, noting that Earnhardt "never let anyone in line". This is presumably because Earnhardt wanted Waltrip and Earnhardt, Jr. to finish in the top two spots, as both were members of his team.

Waltrip wrote a book published in 2011 called In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything. It became a New York Times best-seller.

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