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Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement to sponsor Brian Vickers in Michael Waltrip Racing's (MWR) No. 55 Toyota Camry in every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  “We at Aaron’s are thrilled about this partnership.  We’re building a championship organization – and we know that Brian Vickers and the No. 55 team, under Michael Waltrip’s tradition of winning, are focused on building a championship caliber team," said Ronald W. Allen, Aaron's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “So many of our customers are enthusiastic and loyal NASCAR fans and we are proud to be a part of a sport they are passionate about. We are looking forward to continued success with Brian Vickers both on and off the track.” Vickers has raced the No. 55 on a part-time basis the last two seasons for MWR posting several impressive performances including his third career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14. Beginning in 2014, he'll pilot the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine with a fresh new paint scheme, unveiled today at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. in every race. “I can’t put into words how this makes me feel,” said 29-year-old Vickers. “I’ve really found my home at MWR over the past few years, and I've enjoyed getting to know the Aaron's associates and customers. I am honored that Aaron’s is welcoming me into their family full-time. Knowing that I have a top-notch team and a dedicated sponsor for a full season is a really great feeling every driver dreams about, and like everyone else, I want to win races and win a championship. Michael and co-owner Rob Kauffman are really building something special at MWR and are giving me the tools to accomplish those goals.” “Aaron’s is a cornerstone to MWR's success.  This is a big announcement today because it shows a tremendous vote of confidence in the sport of NASCAR and the entire Michael Waltrip Racing organization,” said Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. “The relationship with Aaron’s is very personal to me because they helped place Michael Waltrip Racing on the map in 2000 when I was running a half dozen Nationwide Series races from a small garage in my backyard. Now they are enabling MWR to continue its growth as we will have three drivers racing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in 2014 and beyond. So much of this confidence comes from the NASCAR fans who continue to support the sponsors of our teams. I want to sincerely thank the NASCAR fans who are Aaron’s customers because you make this all happen,” said Waltrip. Aaron’s support of NASCAR goes beyond its support of MWR. In 2002, the company became a title sponsor of Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, with the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  MWR PR

Vickers to join Waltrip's team in 2014

Next year, Brian Vickers' ride-share will end. Since 2011, Vickers, 30, has waited for the perfect opportunity to return to Sprint Cup racing full time. On Tuesday, that chance became official. Starting in 2014, Vickers will be the only driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers, who signed a two-year deal with Aaron's -- which has supported...

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Brian Vickers has a full-time ride again on the Sprint Cup Series. Michael Waltrip Racing announced Tuesday that Vickers will drive the No. 55 Aaron's Toyota for a full Sprint Cup schedule beginning next season. Andrea Freeman, the vice president of marketing for Aaron's Inc., says the sponsorship deal is for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Vickers said he's '&...

Vickers joins Waltrip's team full time

Next year, Brian Vickers' ride-share will end. Since 2011, Vickers, 30, has waited for the perfect opportunity to return to Sprint Cup racing full time. On Tuesday, that chance became official.

Brian Vickers in the No. 55 full-time for 2014

Brian Vickers will drive the No. 55 Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip Racing full-time for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. On Tuesday morning, MWR will announce that Vickers will assume the seat of the No. 55 car for the entire 2014 season. Aaron’s is expected to remain a primary sponsor of the car as a press release featured both Vickers and the long-time MWR sponsor in a photo...

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Brian Vickers was announced yesterday as the full-time driver of the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. The deal calls for Aaron’s to sponsor all 36 races in the next two seasons. That is a step up from the 26 races they were sponsoring this year. Vickers has been driving for the team part-time for the past two years and was able to collect a win last...

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An email sent out by Michael Waltrip Racing this morning spoke of a big announcement for tomorrow. It always included pretty much all the information we would need to figure out what it’s about. There’s the MWR logo, which makes sense, and then there’s the Aaron’s Rent Centers logo. I presume that means Aaron’s is involved. And to top it off is a picture of Brian Vickers...

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It’s been a day of ride announcements for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Brian Vickers was announced that he would pilot the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota for the entire 2014 season. Aaron’s will be the primary sponsor on the car all year as he will return to Cup racing full-time. Then late Tuesday afternoon came the news that shocked...

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Mark Martin No. 55 Michigan Preview

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