Truex, NAPA Extend Deals With MWR
HAMPTON, Ga. – Martin Truex, Jr. and sponsor NAPA Auto Parts will both be staying with Michael Waltrip Racing for the foreseeable future.
MWR announced Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway that both Truex and NAPA have signed multi-year contract extensions with the team.
“I think the key thing about today is Martin’s attitude toward getting it (the contact extension) done,” team owner Michael Waltrip said. “He came to Rob (Kaufmann, team co-owner) in April and said, ‘I want to drive this car next year. Y’all figure it out. I’m your guy.’ That’s the kind of guy you want driving your race car.”
Truex joined the team at the start of the 2010 season after starting his NASCAR career behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet for what is now Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Since joining MWR, Truex has earned nine top fives, 32 top 10s and three poles. He is currently fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and on the verge of making his second Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“It’s been a lot of work, a lot of ups and downs, but Michael and I got together last year at Texas in April and he said, ‘Look, we’re going to get our cars better, but I need you to help me.’ Ever since, we’ve been on an awesome road to improvement,” Truex said. “With those guys integrating me into the team and giving me some say and making me feel like I’m part of something has probably been one of the coolest and proudest moments of my life. It’s been a lot of fun and I just want to keep it going. My biggest fear this year was this deal falling apart and us not being able to realize our potential. I feel like we’re not where we can get to yet and I’m very, very happy that we’ll be able to continue down that path.”
“This news is just confidence,” Waltrip said. “I know Martin, when he puts on that NAPA uniform today, is going to feel better than he ever has about who he is and where we’re going. We’re just really happy to have this commitment.”