Michael Waltrip will climb back into the driver’s seat as he became the newest addition to SRX, the series announced Thursday (February 18).
It will be his first time racing since his start in the 2017 Daytona 500, where he finished eighth.
“This is an awesome opportunity and I’m genuinely excited to get back in a racecar,” Waltrip told NBC Sports. “I still love racing and I still want to compete. SRX is a great platform and all of us want to win. We might have gray hair and maybe even no hair, but when we put that helmet on and go race, the desire and talent is still there. You want to see a show? We’re gonna put on a show.”
The series will begin its inaugural six-race schedule on June 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“We all come from a short-track background. I mean, that’s where it all starts,” Waltrip added. “Aero doesn’t matter. You’ve got more horsepower than you can put to the ground. It’s all about what you do behind the wheel. As a driver, that’s all you want.”
Waltrip has won in all three main NASCAR series, including twice in the Daytona 500. Overall, he has four NASCAR Cup Series wins, 11 Xfinity Series victories and one Camping World Truck Series triumph.
Waltrip joins the Tony Stewart– and Ray Evernham-owned series, which has already Stewart, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Webber, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr. and Marco Andretti in its driver lineup.