Mark Martin has picked up his new number. And it carries a nod to the history of the team's sponsor.
Martin and teammate/team co-owner Michael Waltrip's NASCAR Sprint Cup entry will carry the No. 55 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Martin, 52, drove the No. 5 for Hendrick Motorsports in 2011.
The new number commemorates Charlie Loudermilk's founding of Aaron's, Inc., the Michael Waltrip Racing team's sponsor, in 1955.
Martin will drive in 25 Sprint Cup events each of the next two seasons, sharing the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine with Waltrip, who will drive seven events with the company's sponsorshup.
Martin, who has 40 career Cup wins to his credit, joins Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. in the MWR stable of drivers.
He will begin his schedule with the team in the season-opening Daytona 500. Waltrip will run the remaining restrictor-plate races, plus the race at his homestead track, Kentucky Speedway.
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