David Reutimann has signed on to drive a Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012, according to FoxSports.com. At this point, Reutimann is not expected to replace Dave Blaney, to whom team owner Tommy Baldwin remains committed.
Mark Martin replaced Reutimann in Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 00. Michael Waltrip will also drive the No. 00 in a few races in 2012. MWR also signed Clint Bowyer to drive the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota next season.
Tommy’s done a lot with a little over there and he’s definitely a racer, so that’s a good fit. With Tommy you never have to (wonder) what he’s thinking. He’s up front and that’s exactly what I need right now. He’s really put together a nice package over there. It’s awesome. Both our dads raced and Tommy has such an enthusiasm for the sport and that’s refreshing.
We’ve been working real hard since the end of the year to get our equipment right. Last year’s goal was to get in the top 35. This year we’re concentrating on competition. Given David’s experience, we thought it was best to bring him along to help us reach that next goal.
The team has not determined the number of races Reutimann will enter, nor has it decided on a car number. Last year, the team used Nos. 35 and 36.
TBR is currently seeking sponsorship to run the full season in 2012, as Golden Corral will not return.
Also, TBR signed an agreement to run Earnhardt Ganassi Racing engines next season.