Labonte to drive for Waltrip in Allstate 400

Terry Labonte, NASCAR's 1984 and 1996 Cup champion, will drive the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota next week in the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Labonte is guaranteed a spot in the field with a past champion's provisional. Waltrip has qualified for only four races this year, and Labonte drover the car into the field at Infineon Raceway last month without having to use a provisional.

The team also plans on using Labonte in the Watkins Glen road race in August.

The Indianapolis race is arguably the second highest profile race of the Nextel Cup season right behind the Daytona 500.

"While we've planned to bring Terry back for the Watkins Glen road course event, I felt having him in the car next weekend at Indianapolis would be a great opportunity for me to continue to evaluate my entire organization from an owner's perspective," owner/driver Waltrip said in a statement. "The feedback related to road course racing that Terry was able to provide my team after Infineon Raceway was very valuable. We look forward to more of the same input after Indy."

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