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Steve Byrnes sits down with Michael Waltrip to talk about his early expectations for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007.
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While Michael Waltrip announced in 2006. That he was starting S cup team with. Three entries and the buying a movie theater to be fitted for a race shop. Let's just say there are some snickering involved 2007. Was a huge disappointment for Michael. As he struggled just to make races and keep his dream alive. Michael Waltrip very two time Daytona 500 winner almost went from driving -- -- -- -- watching it on fox well try to qualify as Toyota NASCAR upon further inspection. Punish him for using an illegal substance believed to be sounded jet fuel Michaels got a new operation -- at least take it is a huge undertaking and he's just got to get his arms around this program. He needs to focus on getting one thing right right now and he hadn't been able to do that. Like he's off to a rough start there no question about it. Know hindsight is twenty -- what was the biggest thing you've learned. In that first year when when. It and I know I could see the look on your face heck I worked with yet. And I saw how much it meant CSI how much it hurt you. Not to make -- -- what -- what did you learn about yourself going through that people forget I am not making this as an excuse for you. It was Toyota's first year in cup here. It's yeah. I just I learned when the season started we are ready and it. I was so disappointed because I thought I thought we had enough time to put everything in place to a week ago. Go show up to the racetrack and and be contenders be able to compete at least -- As we started that's -- taken and we got closer and closer Daytona. Heck we were we were only getting yet. Three cars done for Daytona where we were gonna have six or eight to choose from you know we're just barely getting enough carts if they tell by the way gotta be California next week. And and so. Just underestimated. Good besides the pass. At first Toyota that we're gonna go to your cars where we got it chassis shop we got a body shop we're going to be about your cars and get into -- You just to -- -- like -- well we have a lot of ways I said when I got the good your card you're gonna have been that important to all your engineering. Well we haven't quite got there on the engineering so not only were we not ready of the organization Toyota. Didn't have the parts and pieces to supply. -- Bill Davis racing in Red Bull they weren't ready either and if you look at their results from 2007. It was dismal not only for us but for the rest doubled to. I just believe. -- put everything -- made. Everything I -- -- -- things that actually get my hand on. I put into this deal cannot cannot that is not going good but it's going to be OK I would tell Ty and I would tell. You know Bobby Kennedy in the folks I think it's going to be okay we're gonna figure this out. And -- about Dolphin. Without turning around and I could see them to look at each other -- what's wrong with him but it's great and that's. Hannah. -- -- it it it was gonna be OK. So. When I hear you saying is you're. Desire. No way he's your fear of failure. Yet. I just never was convinced I was in the sixth best. No matter what people tell me about my record I'm Michael. I raced last Sunday and our friend Dale Earnhardt finished sixteen with seven lead. Don't tell me I'm not as fast. So how is be over the head with my record in. What people thought my ability but they never convinced me that I hope I couldn't do this and you know obviously it was a huge deal in 2000 Lindell came music comes up my car that was validation for me because I'm like he -- I can do it -- after. And that really motivated me and made me so -- So fresh in the -- go up and down. Am only started this I got -- to a few months into the deal and when I think it's going to be OK -- and my people look at me like I was crazy out like. It will be it's got to be that's the only way that is that I can. Live is to know that we're gonna make it so. I'm I'm happy that that didn't need I don't know laps there but I'm happy they're.