Keynote Sports Speaker Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip

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Keynote Sports Speaker Michael Waltrip is a beloved member of the NASCAR racing community. He now co-owns and operates his own race team, Michael Waltrip Racing, which features drivers in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series in addition to the top-tiered Sprint Cup Series. Currently Michael drives part time in the Sprint Cup Series and also works as a NASCAR commentator for FOX. In 2014, Michael was selected as a contestant to compete on the overwhelmingly popular ABC dance competition series Dancing with the Stars.

You could say the racing gene runs in the Waltrip family. Sports Speaker Michael is the younger brother of beloved racing commentator and former NASCAR Champion Darrell Waltrip. Michael often shares the commentator booth with his brother along with familiar racing TV personalities Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and others. Can you imagine having The King, Richard Petty as a roommate? After Michael’s racing career began to take shape he moved in with friend Kyle Petty and he began running Busch Series races full-time for his brother’s race team in 1988. Michael raced his way to the Sprint Cup Series and eventually landed in the #15 NAPA Auto Parts car for Dale Earnhardt’s race team. Michael has since become a popular celebrity spokesperson for NAPA in various print and TV ad campaigns for the auto parts retailer until the end of 2013.

In his first race ever with Earnhardt’s team he won the coveted Daytona 500. This was also his first career Cup victory. Unfortunately his win came with a short-lived celebration after learning that the legend Dale Earnhardt had died in that fateful crash on the final lap of the race. Michael recounted that day and his life leading up to the Dayton 500 in 2001 in his New York Times bestselling book, In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything. His inspirational story which details the recovery from the loss of his teammate and mentor as well as his determination to reach his goals.

Considered one of the Good Ole Boys of racing, Keynote Sports Speaker Michael Waltrip is the perfect candidate for any event when looking to hire a sports speaker.