No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann won’t have his father with him this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for Father’s Day. Instead, Emil “Buzzie” Reutimann, 70, will be behind the wheel of his own Aaron’s Dream Machine race car at the Ocala Speedway dirt track in Florida racing for the $1,000 top prize on Saturday night … and David wouldn’t have it any other way.
IS YOUR FATHER BUZZIE GOING TO BE IN MICHIGAN FOR FATHER’S DAY? “No. He was thinking about it, but then he checked the Ocala (Fla.) Speedway schedule and saw that there’s a race that pays $1,000 to win, so he changed his plans and told me he is going racing. I think that’s great though. We spend a lot of time together at the racetrack, so really most weekends are like Father’s Day to us. I mean, he’s 70 years old now, if the old man wants to go racing that’s where I want him to be too. I tell him if he’s going to miss Father’s Day to go racing he better bring back the hardware! Actually since he’s driving for me I tell him he better bring me back a check or trophy anytime he goes out. I expect wins in the cars that I build for him.”
WHO IS THE BETTER DRIVER—YOU OR BUZZIE? “My Dad is by far the better driver. Any time he walks through the gate to the garage I know that he’s the best driver there. I don’t care if it’s at East Bay or Ocala down in Florida or the NASCAR garage—when he walks in there is no one better. He has over 1,200 documented race wins in his career. He didn’t always have the best equipment like he does now, but he taught me how to take care of my car and get the most out of it. I didn’t idolize guys like Richard Petty or David Pearson when I was growing up—I idolized my Dad. Buzzie Reutimann was and is my idol.”
BUZZIE REUTIMANN ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH DAVID: “We aren’t like most people. We don’t hunt, we don’t fish, we don’t golf and we’ve never been to a baseball game or played catch. We race! We always have. We’ve traveled up and down the East Coast, raced against each other, slept at rest areas when we didn’t have enough for a hotel after a tough race. We spend more time together than any father and son I know. I wouldn't change one thing. We give each other a hard time any chance we get, but we have a great relationship.”