NAPA Auto Parts to Drop Michael Waltrip Racing Sponsorship

September 19, 2013

NAPA Auto Parts have announced they will end their sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 56 Toyota at the end of the Sprint Cup Series season.

NAPA decided to ends its relationship with MWR after the team was found to have altered the Race to the Chase outcome  with their actions during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

On their Facebook page, prostate NAPA posted: “After thorough consideration, drugs NAPA has made the difficult decision to end its sponsorship arrangement with Michael Waltrip Racing effective December 31, 2013.

“NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR. We remain supportive of the millions of NASCAR fans and will evaluate our future position in motorsports.”

Michael Waltrip Racing also released a statement: “Michael Waltrip Racing respects the decision NAPA announced today following the events at Richmond.

“There is no doubt, the story of Michael Waltrip Racing begins with NAPA Auto Parts, but there are many more chapters yet to be written. MWR has the infrastructure and support of Toyota for three teams plus three Chase-caliber, race-winning drivers. With the support of our corporate partners we are preparing to field three teams in 2014. MWR is a resilient organization capable of winning races and competing for the championship and that remains our sole focus.”