Waltrip to Leave DEI

Michael Waltrip will part company with Dale Earnhardt Inc at the end of the season

Waltrip to Leave DEI

It is understood that DEI chose not to take up an option on Waltrip, and it is reported the 42-year-old had reservations regarding the personnel that would be used to run his car.

The partnership has brought four victories in 162 starts for the team. DEI are now set to run a two-car team next season for Dale Earnhardt Jr and reigning Busch series champion Martin Truex Jr.

Waltrip said: "It's as mutual as any decision has ever been, because of my respect for DEI.

"We wanted to be sure that so we didn't take a step back as an organisation or as a team for me, that maybe I should try to find something else to do.

"The way I've performed and the job we've been able to do, I've got a lot of options for 2006. I thought I'd drive this car for the rest of my career, and I knew if that was the case, it means I'd be winning races and doing what I needed to do.

"It's sad to say I'm not going to be at DEI anymore. I'm not really sure what 2006, seven, eight and beyond will look like. But I definitely will be in the Cup Series with a winning team."

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