#26 Will Ride for Newtown at the Daytona 500

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will change his car's number and give visibility to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund during his ride at the internationally famous racing event.


Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will use his car to raise visibility for Newtown fundraising at the internationall recognized NASCAR Daytona 500 racing event, according to a release from Michael Waltrip Racing on Dave Burnham Autosport.

Waltrip's car, the #30 Lean1 Toyota, will become #26 during the race to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the release said. Additionally, the car will feature a decal encouraging NASCAR fans to make $10 donations to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund by texting "NEWTOWN" to 80888.

In the release, Waltrip said he met privately with Newtown officials and families before making the announcement.

"One thing I can tell you for sure, is that there will be a whole lot of people in Sandy Hook and Newtown rooting for Michael and the #26 car," said Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead, according to the release. "It will be something positive to rally around, and there will be smiles on faces that haven't smiled in quite a while."

The race is Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m.

Donna Samuels February 17, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Love wins! Thank you Michael Waltrip!
yoda February 18, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Green is my favorite color! BEAUTIFUL!!!
Michael Cragin February 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM
save the 10$...mail it to a food bank.....we have 13 million$$$$$.......but the gesture is wonderful in memory of the 26
Old Saybrook Mel February 18, 2013 at 08:20 PM
What a class act!


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