March 2, 1970 |
Zephyrhills, Florida, United States
|Achievements||2009 Coca-Cola 600 Winner|
|Awards||2004 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
1997 Slim Jim All Pro Series Rookie of the Year
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|207 race(s) run over 8 year(s)|
|Car no., team||No. 83 (BK Racing)|
|Best finish||16th (2009)|
|First race||2005 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||2013 Southern 500 (Darlington)|
|First win||2009 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)|
|Last win||2010 LifeLock.com 400 (Chicago)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|127 race(s) run over 10 year(s)|
|Best finish||2nd (2007)|
|First race||2002 Hardee's 250 (Richmond)|
|Last race||2011 Food City 250 (Bristol)|
|First win||2007 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|79 race(s) run over 5 year(s)|
|Best finish||3rd (2006)|
|First race||2004 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)|
|Last race||2012 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)|
|First win||2005 Toyota Tundra 200 (Nashville)|
|Statistics current as of May 11, 2013.|
Emil David Reutimann (born March 2, 1970) is an American NASCAR driver from Zephyrhills, Florida. He currently drives the No. 83 Toyota Camry for BK Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. In 2004, he won NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors in the Craftsman Truck Series. He is the son of Buzzie Reutimann, who made one NASCAR start in 1963.
He began his racing career in dirt-track modifieds and late models. In 1997, Reutimann moved into the NASCAR regional series before moving to the Busch Series in 2002. He moved up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2007, driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. Between the 2007 and 2011 Sprint Cup seasons, Reutimann recorded two wins, 26 top-tens, and four pole positions.
Reutimann lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with his wife Lisa and daughter Emilia (born 2001). They are members of Berea Baptist Church in Mooresville.1
Reutimann owns a Shelby Mustang GT500 that was given to him by Rob Kauffman,co-owner of MWR,when he won at the Coca Cola 600.
Reutimann, a third-generation racer, began his racing career in dirt-track modifieds and late models before moving up to the Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1997. He was named Rookie of the Year, finishing in the top-ten eight times and had a fifth-place points finish. The next season, he dropped to seventh in points, but received the Sportsmanship award at season's end. After several years, Reutimann got his first three wins in 2002 and finished second in the overall championship standings.
That same year, Reutimann made his Busch Series debut at Richmond International Raceway. Driving the No. 87 Geico Chevrolet Monte Carlo for NEMCO Motorsports, Reutimann started thirty-fourth but finished sixteenth. He led twelve laps at his next race at Memphis Motorsports Park, and finished in the top-fifteen in each of his next two races. In 2003, Reutimann won a contest names "Hills Bros. Coffee Break of a Lifetime", a contest where Hills Bros. Coffee selected one driver to receive full sponsorship from them for 5 Busch Series races, and if that driver were to score 3 top 10's in those races, they'd receive a chance to start a Cup race. He ran those 5 races, along with 2 extra races, for NEMCO Motorsports. He finished fifth at Nashville Speedway USA and The Milwaukee Mile, as well as qualifying Greg Biffle's car on the pole at Memphis. He also attempted the New England 300 and the Brickyard 400 in the Winston Cup Series in the No. 04 for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, but failed to qualify both times.
In 2004, Reutimann signed on with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports to race the NTN Bearings truck in the Craftsman Truck Series. Winning the pole in his second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Reutimann had four top-fives and finished 14th in points, garnering Rookie of the Year honors. Reutimann won his first career race in 2005 at Nashville Superspeedway, and ended the season thirteenth in points. He also made his Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway, driving the No. 00 State Fair Corn Dogs Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Michael Waltrip. He finished 22nd. He went winless in 2006, but had two poles and finished third in the championship standings. He also made fifteen Busch starts and had four top-tens.
Reutimann moved up to the Nextel Cup Series in 2007 with Waltrip Racing, carrying sponsorship from Burger King and Domino's Pizza and a Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate. Late in the season, he won the 2007 Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park for his first career Busch Series win, and Toyota's second win in Busch Series competition. He finished second overall in the Busch Series' last season before becoming the Nationwide Series
In 2008, Reutimann ran the first five races of the season in the No. 00 car, before taking over for the retiring Dale Jarrett in the No. 44 UPS ride and handing the No. 00 ride over to rookie Michael McDowell. Reutimann scored his first career top 10 at Lowe's Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600 with a 10th place finish. He also recorded top 10's at the Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and the Richmond International Raceway. At the Richmond race in September, Reutimann led a race high 104 laps, but fell to 9th place. In the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reutimann claimed his first career pole position. He became the 23rd driver to win poles in all three of NASCAR's top series.
For 2009, Reutimann moved back to the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine. Reutimann competed a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series, splitting time with MWR's #99 Camry and Braun Racing's #10 Camry. Waltrip gave Reutimann part-time sponsorship with Aaron's for 2009. On May 24th he qualified well in the Coca-Cola 600 but the race was delayed due to rain. The next day on lap 222 his crew chief Rodney Childers made a genius call to conserve fuel and thus putting David Reutimann in the lead. A few laps later on lap 227 a rain shower soaked the track for the second time of the race thus red-flagging it with Reutimann in the lead in the #00 Aaron's car. David Reutimann spent a one-hour wait praying and planning backup plans with boss Michael Waltrip and his pit crew. Despite blue sky being shown nearby the track, officials after one full hour of rain red flag era, declared that the rain would last one night and called it thus giving Reutimann his first NSCS win in the Coca-Cola 600 and a full-time sponsorship with Reutimann until 2011.
With this emotional victory, David became the 20th different driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's top series (Winston/Sprint Cup series, Busch/Nationwide series, and Craftsman/Camping World Truck Series). This race was the 50th Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway. He also became the first driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to win a race without leading a lap under green. In addition, he was the first driver to ever win with the No. 00 in the NASCAR Cup Series3 This also entered Reutimann automatically into the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Reutimann would go on to finish the season 16th in the point standings, a personal best.
Reutimann won his second career race at the 2010 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 00 TUMS MWR Toyota. Reutimann ran in the top-five all night and with under seventy laps remaining, chased down Jeff Gordon and passed him for the lead. He would pull away and lead the rest of the race, holding off a late charge by Carl Edwards.
2011 was a disappointing year for both Reutimann and MWR. David and #00 team only scored one top five finish and two top ten finishes. At Watkins Glen on the final lap, Boris Said accidentally turned David Ragan entering the esses. Ragan came back onto the track and hit Reutimann, hit the ARMCO outside barrier and he rolled over spectacularly after the hard hit. He was mostly unscathed and Ragan broke his leg as a result.
With three weeks remaining in the 2011 season, Reutimann could not come to an agreement with Aaron's for 2012 and thus Michael Waltrip and MWR's staff reluctantly released Reutimann from his team as well as the number 00, when Aarons chose to offer the sponsorship to new comer Mark Martin.
After Christmas 2011 Reutimann signed up to drive for part times with Stewart-Haas Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2012 sharing the #10 Go-Daddy.com car with rookie Danica Patrick.
On January 3, 2012, Reutimann signed a one-year contract to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing.4 As part of an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing that TBR agreed to on January 31, Reutimann shared the SHR No. 10 entry, which was fielded by TBR, with Danica Patrick.5 He also drove the No. 92 Ricky Benton Racing vehicle in the Camping World Truck Series on a limited schedule.6 As Patrick drove the No. 10 in the 2012 Daytona 500, Reutimann drove the No. 93 Toyota Camry for BK Racing in the event with Todd Anderson serving as crew chief.7 Reutimann also drove the BK Racing No. 93 at Darlington.
Reutimann caused a controversy at the April Martinsville race when the #10 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet stalled on lap 497, drawing a caution. He was accused of intentionally causing the caution after limping around the track for a few laps at speeds well below the rest of the field. The result was a broken timing belt and Reutimann was credited with a 35th place finish. He insists he was just trying to keep the car in the Top 35 in owner's points; the team left Martinsville just one point outside a guaranteed start.8 Reutimann qualified for the next race at Texas and finished 26th, getting the #10 back into the Top 35. During Coca Cola 600 qualifying, David did not qualify fast enough in the #73 BK Racing entry and missed his first Cup race since 2007.
Reutimann drove the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at the June Pocono race during the one-race suspension of Kurt Busch for actions detrimental to the sport.9 Baldwin explained his decision as helping another small team (Reutimann was to drive the #10 car that weekend). Reutimann finished 21st. Reutimann qualified and raced for a new team Xxxtreme Motorsports at the fall Phoenix race in the No. 44 No Label Watches Ford, finishing 40th.
- BPSports.net – NASCAR's Reutimann: Faith-driven
- NASCAR.COM – Blast from the past: UPS, Reutimann a perfect match – Oct 13, 2007
- NASCAR.COM – Reutimann confident in challenge for N'wide title – Jan 10, 2008
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- "NASCAR: Danica Patrick to drive Tommy Baldwin Racing car in 10 Cup races, including Daytona 500". AutoWeek. Crain Communications, Inc. January 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
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- Spencer, Lee (February 14, 2012). "Reutimann's Daytona ride is with BK". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- David Reutimann: Martinsville actions were 'not for Danica'
- Leistikow, Chad (June 5, 2012). "Team owner has nearly had enough of Kurt Busch's actions". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- Gluck, Jeff (January 17, 2013). "David Reutimann will drive for BK Racing". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2013.