Posted: Thu February 14, 2013 3:07PM; Updated: Thu February 14, 2013 3:07PM

Michael Waltrip to honor Sandy Hook by driving No. 26 at Daytona 500

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Michael Waltrip will drive No. 26 at the Daytona 500 to honor the 26 victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip will honor and raise funds for Sandy Hook Elementary School in the No. 26 car at the Daytona 500.

The two-time Daytona 500 winner was set to drive the No. 30 Toyota in a one-race deal. The number instead will be changed to No. 26 to honor the victims. Sandy Hook is the school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a gunman on Dec. 14.

The No. 26 car was at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday and had a black and green ribbon on the hood. Waltrip also owns a team and all three entries will run with the "text NEWTOWN to 80888" decal for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.

NASCAR Brian France and Waltrip visited Newtown last week.

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