NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann, who was released by Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the 2011 season to make room for Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip to share a ride during the 2012 season, has joined Tommy Baldwin Racing as a teammate to Dave Blanney.
According to the team press release that came out on Tuesday, Tommy Baldwin Racing is still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney. Blaney’s sponsor, Golden Corral, would not be returning this season. Details regarding the car number, sponsors, and team members for Reutimann will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
How many races the two-time winner has not been determined. Team officials say the goal is to get two cars full-time if sponsorship and funding can be found.
“Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time,” said Reutimann. “One of the things I like about Tommy and what’s refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It’s the way I was raised with my Dad, so we are on the same page. I’m just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do.”
Tommy Baldwin Racing and the No. 36 team competed in all 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2011 and was able to race their way into the top-25 in Owner Points, which guarantees them a spot in the 54th annual Daytona 500 as well as the first five races of the season. TBR’s best finish is third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway.
“Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney,” commented team owner Tommy Baldwin. “Last season, we met our goals of running the entire schedule and making the top-35 in points. This season, our goal is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program’s growth.”
Brian Vickers and David Ragan are still searching for new teams after losing their jobs at the end of the year.