Michael Waltrip Leaving His Car In 2010 To Martin Truex Jr

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20:  Martin Truex Jr, driver of the #1 GE reveal Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2009 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Michael Waltrip racing announced at a press conference live on Speed Channel from their race shop that Michael Waltrip would be running a limited schedule in 2010.

This means that in select races, MWR will be bringing four cars to the track.

Already with Marcos Ambrose and David Reutimann on board, MWR added another driver to their stable to replace Waltrip full time.

Martin Truex Jr.

This had to be in the works for a long time. Truex has not made it a secret that he was looking for other offers once his current contract with DEI/Ganassi was up. His future plans came to the forefront on Tuesday.

As said before, Waltrip will be running a limited schedule in 2010. He will keep his number and his sponsor for those races.

Truex will also carry NAPA as his sponsor. His new number will be No. 56. It turns out that No. 56 is important to Truex because it was a racing number that has been in his family for years.

Ambrose has done very well for his first year in Sprint Cup competition, and Reutimann is right on the verge of being a chase driver. The future has to look bright for Truex.

Swapping car makes isn't going to be that big of an issue. Many drivers are making it look easy over the last few seasons. If anything, maybe Truex can get a little better.

If he does, look for MWR to join the other teams like Rick Hendrix, Joe Gibbs, and Jack Roush in victory lane more than once in 2010.