Michael Waltrip to run Talladega Chase race, 2016 Daytona 500

Michael Waltrip will attempt to run the 2016 Daytona 500 with support from Toyota and sponsor Maxwell House. 

Jerry Markland

Michael Waltrip Racing may be closing its doors at the end of the 2015 season, Michael Waltrip’s days behind the wheel are not over just yet.

The team owner confirmed reports late Wednesday night that he will be racing at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as the 2016 Daytona 500.

Waltrip was answering fan questions on Twitter when he confirmed he would compete in the restrictor plate races with support from Toyota and sponsor Maxwell House. When the coffee company joined the team in April, Waltrip running the 2016 Daytona was included in part of the deal.

At home at the restrictor plate tracks, Waltrip is a two-time Daytona 500 champion (2001 and 2003), and won the 2002 July Daytona race and Talladega Superspeedway in 2003.

Earlier this year it was announced MWR would cease operation at the end of the 2015 season. Team co-owner Rob Kauffman purchased stake in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, calling MWR’s business model not "commercially viable."

MWR driver Clint Bowyer was announced as the driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the 2017 season once Tony Stewart retires from his full-time driving duties. Bowyer will spend the 2016 season at HScott Motorsports. The future remains unclear for David Ragan and the rest of the MWR crew members and employees.