DAYTONA, Fla. – They've finally arrived in Daytona.
Thursday, drivers lined up to answer questions from the media in preparation for the 2009 Sprint Cup season, which begins Feb. 15 with the Daytona 500.
Here are the five things we learned:
1. Michael Waltrip will retire if things don't improve in 2009.
Waltrip said the three years of being an owner/driver have been the worst of his career, but that if Michael Waltrip Racing can survive and ultimately compete for wins, it will have been worth it. Waltrip's numbers the past three seasons: 0 wins, 1 top-five finish, 4 top 10s.
2. A.J. Foyt will be in Daytona to support Tony Stewart in the Daytona 500.
Stewart said he called Foyt, his idol, shortly after reaching a deal to become part owner of his own team. He also told Foyt he would be driving the No. 14 in his honor. Foyt, the four-time Indy 500 champion, won the 1972 Daytona 500.
3. It took five stitches to close up the wound on Jimmie Johnson's finger.
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