MWR hires Jeff Burton as test driver for 2014

Michael Waltrip Racing has hired Jeff Burton as a test driver,

with the possibility of running a partial Sprint Cup schedule in


The team will field the No. 66 Toyota for Burton at Las Vegas in

March. Additional races for Burton could be scheduled at a later


Co-owner Michael Waltrip is scheduled to drive the car in the

season-opening Daytona 500.

MWR said Monday Burton will drive the No. 55 during testing the

next two months as Brian Vickers continues treatment for blood


MWR scaled down to two cars for 2014 when sponsor NAPA Auto

Parts said it was leaving in the wake of a race manipulation

scandal at Richmond in September. Martin Truex Jr. has left the

team for Furniture Row Racing.