Diamond Resorts Ambassador and two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip, hosts exclusive Events of a Lifetime® experience for his final race at Daytona


February, 2017 – Diamond Resorts International®, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, together with legendary race car driver, Michael Waltrip, delivers an Events of a Lifetime® experience for its members at the 59th Daytona 500 on February 26, 2017.

As a part of the event, members will have the opportunity to take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the world-famous motorsports stadium, hosted by Michael Waltrip. Immediately following the tour, members will enjoy premium stadium seating to watch Michael Waltrip’s historic last race.

After a prosperous racing career spanning more than 30 years, Waltrip will retire from the sport. The two-time winner of the prestigious Daytona 500, having won in 2001 and 2003, posted more than 130 top 10 finishes on NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup series, including four career race wins. He scored 11 wins and more than 105 top 10 finishes in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and even has a win in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series division.

“Driving has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and it will be bittersweet to drive my last laps at Daytona,” says Waltrip. “I couldn’t ask for a better farewell than to spend the day with the Diamond Resorts members and owners and help give them a vacation experience they will hopefully remember for a lifetime. I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and taking some time to vacation more and enjoy Diamond Resorts all over the world.”

Waltrip will continue to make personal appearances at Diamond Resorts’ increasingly popular Events of a Lifetime®, which deliver exciting vacation experiences that are unique and memorable. Throughout 2017, members will have the opportunity to enjoy premium seating at races in Daytona Beach, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to hosting meet and greets and signing autographs, Waltrip will also provide members and owners with behind-the-scenes tours of the race track, pit row and Fox broadcast facilities.

“Michael has had an outstanding career and will always be an icon in the automotive racing industry,” said Michael Flaskey, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Diamond Resorts International®. “We are proud to have him as a part of our Diamond family. We look forward to watching as he makes his last laps this Sunday and wish him the best of luck on his final race.”

As a Diamond Resorts Ambassador, Waltrip is a part of an ever-expanding roster of high-profile celebrities including country music stars Colt Ford and Jana Kramer, baseball Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Gaylord Perry, professional baseball player Bud Norris, PGA touring professionals Brian Gay, Brittany Lincicome and John Cook, Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien and war veteran Chad Pfeifer.
About Diamond Resorts International® 

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.