Photo: Michael Waltrip to pilot No.26 Sandy Hook Support Fund Toyota at Daytona 500


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Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced today a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Waltrip will drive the No. 30 Lean1 Swan Racing Toyota but instead it will feature the No. 26. The car will honor the 26 lives that were lost in the Newtown, CT shooting in December. The car will feature a call-to-action decal encouraging the NASCAR community to make $10 donations by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.

“I just couldn’t let it go” Waltrip said during Media Day Thursday.

In addition to piloting the No. 26 Newtown car in the Great American Race, Waltrip confirmed today that Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin will run the “text NEWTOWN to 80888” decal for the Daytona 500.

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“Driving the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota is like nothing I have ever been part of in my NASCAR career,” Waltrip said. “It will be an emotional week knowing that we have the potential to do so much good for the Newtown community. I’m racing for a reason.”

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