CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann's 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season may be coming to an end, but the first few weeks of his "offseason" are anything but slow. The 40-year old Michael Waltrip Racing...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann's 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season may be coming to an end, but the first few weeks of his "offseason" are anything but slow. The 40-year old Michael Waltrip Racing driver leaves next week to visit Toyota in Japan for its annual motorsports festival. Reutimann returns to Florida the first week of December to host the annual David Reutimann Foundation Cookout and Golf Outing.
REUTIMANN ON HIS TRIP TO JAPAN: "I'm really looking forward to going to Japan for Toyota Motorsports Festival. We're going to be over there for a couple days to spend some time with the folks at Toyota and meet some of the fans over there. I know the Toyota Motorsports Festival is a really big deal. I get to drive a little bit and run on the road course over there and I'm excited to see that part of the world. For a guy who has barely been out of the United States in his life ever, except to race in Canada and Mexico City in the Nationwide Series, it's a pretty big deal. Although, the 15-hour plane ride is not something I'm looking forward to, but it's all part of the experience."
ON THE DAVID REUTIMANN FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING AND COOKOUT: "Since we are going to Japan for Toyota Motorsports Festival, we had to push the David Reutimann Foundation Cookout and Golf Outing back a week later then we normally do. We normally try to make it Thanksgiving weekend, but this year we moved it back a week to the first week of December. I'm really looking forward to it. We've had a lot of great times at that event over the years. We have a ton of people come out and spend time with us and help raise money for a lot of great causes. The charity auction each year has some one-of-a-kind items every year from NASCAR as well as a lot of other sports and entertainment personalities. Plus, the golf outing is just a lot of fun -- some of the guys are pretty competitive, but others -- like me, we don't take ourselves too seriously and are just out there to have a great time with friends."
The thing I enjoy most of all is going down to East Bay Raceway on Saturday after the event and getting a chance to run my modified car in the 50-lap race they have down there. I know it sounds a little odd that we spend almost 40 weeks of the year racing in the Sprint Cup Series, and you'd think we'd want a bit of a break, but for me to race my modified down there is really something special. It takes me back to where I came from on the dirt tracks. The funny thing is, when I was racing dirt tracks all over the Southeast growing up all I wanted to do was go race in NASCAR on the big tracks -- now any chance I get I try to find my way back to the dirt tracks. Sometimes life it funny that way."