Andy Petree has never had a problem attracting driving talent. That will be evident when his Chevrolet truck, sponsored by Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp., runs at the Indianapolis Raceway Park with Michael Waltrip at the wheel in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Aug. 6.
According to a corporate release, Waltrip, who has shown “tremendous ability” with his major NASCAR victories in the Daytona 500, will join Tony Stewart and hot rookie Clint Bowyer on the Andy Petree Racing team.
“We are really excited to have Michael joining us and helping give Monaco Coach a great ride at IRP,” said Petree. “We’ve had some great runs with our truck, and haven’t done too badly at Indianapolis the past few years. We’re working hard to give Michael a solid piece and we know he’ll be working hard to get this Monaco Coach team back to Victory Lane.”
“All of the employees, and coach owners of Monaco Coach Corporation are proud of the relationship that we have with Andy Petree Racing, and we are so excited about having Michael Waltrip in Indiana,” said Ed Kinney, Monaco’s vice president of dealer marketing. “We look forward to the opportunity to once again have a Craftsman Series truck representing Monaco in the winners circle.”
In addition to the various NASCAR-type events involving Monaco and Andy Petree Racing this year, the towable and motorized RV manufacturer is also maintaining a presence in both NHRA and IHRA events nationally.
Waltrip has some NASCAR Truck Series experience, finishing fifth after qualifying 13th at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May of this year with another team. The past two years at IRP, Petree has driven the truck, finishing 20th last season and 12th the year before.
Petree is one of NASCAR’s winningest car owners and has built a solid reputation in the industry. After winning NASCAR Nextel Cup championships with Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt, he purchased the team and has built a winning organization.
A few weeks ago, Petree saw his sponsor surprisingly bolt to another team with strong Nextel Cup ties. Still, Petree said, the team is looking to not only run well at IRP but to maintain its position in the NASCAR world.
“We’ve run well with everything we have put on the race track. This team has a winning history and a winning tradition, and we’re looking to continue that at IRP,” Petree said. “Michael Waltrip brings a lot to the table and he has proven he is a winner as well. Combining our equipment, his talent and the support of Monaco is just a winner all of the way through.”
Petree is one of a handful of car owners with race victories in the NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.