NASCAR Legend Michael Waltrip

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NASCAR legend, Michael Waltrip (a 2-time winner of the Daytona 500) joined us to talk about being a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars that starts on Sept 15th. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on September 17, 2014.

NASCAR driver and team owner, Michael Waltrip, has taken his share of hits. But one of the hardest ones was off of the race track, when his mother suffered a major stroke due to atrial fibrillation (AFib) that left her permanently disabled.  Like many of your viewers, Michael and his mother didn’t know what AFib was and she wasn’t being treated with any medication to help prevent blood clots. That’s why, for Afib Awareness Month in September, Waltrip is on a mission to gather photos of fans who support Afib awareness and stroke prevention, and wrap them on a car he’ll race at Talladega on October 19.  All of the photos trigger a donation by Janssen to the American Heart Association that will support the 2.7 million Americans living with Afib that could be at risk for Afib-related stroke.  People can go online to upload a photo.

Michael Waltrip is the winner of the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500 – NASCAR®’s crown jewel event. He is one of only 10 multi-time winners.  He raced in NASCAR®’s top divisions including 29 years in the NASCAR® Sprint Cup™ Series. Waltrip’s best-selling book, “In the Blink of an Eye,” spent 11 weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller list. Michael was only 26 years old when his mother suffered a stroke due to untreated AFib that left her partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. From that point on, he and his siblings have been her primary caretakers.  Compete at the upcoming GEICO 500 race at Talledega on October 19.