Phoenix II: David Reutimann preview

REUTIMANN HAS BUSY MONTH AHEAD AS HE ENTERS PHOENIX AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 6, 2007) -- David Reutimann is focused on improving upon his April finish at Phoenix International Raceway as he returns to the one-mile tri-oval this time in the No.

REUTIMANN HAS BUSY MONTH AHEAD AS HE ENTERS PHOENIX

AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 6, 2007) -- David Reutimann is focused on improving upon his April finish at Phoenix International Raceway as he returns to the one-mile tri-oval this time in the No. 00 BURGER KING® Toyota Camry. Reutimann started 25th and finished 32nd at the track he deems one of his favorites.

"I really enjoy racing at Phoenix and we made the Cup race there earlier this year," said Reutimann, who has one top-15 NASCAR Busch Series finish and two top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finishes. "We need a good finish this weekend to bounce back from last weekend."

Reutimann's crew chief Frank Kerr feels strongly that the team will rebound at Phoenix with their Car of Tomorrow (COT) and is pleased that Michael Waltrip Racing is making strides with their program. More recently, his BURGER KING® Toyota Camry team tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Reutimann ranked among the top-five throughout the course of the two-day test.

"The level of competitiveness at Michael Waltrip Racing is strengthening especially with our COT program," Kerr said. "We went to Atlanta and tested and there was strong evidence. Now, we go on to Phoenix with a car that was very similar to the car we ran at Richmond (International Raceway). We finished 13th at Richmond with a COT and we are shooting for similar results this time around. We want to wrap up the season with strong finishes in the last two races."

With two events remaining on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule, Reutimann has a busy month ahead of him.

"We're having a victory luncheon for the Busch team on Wednesday," Reutimann said. "Wiley King, who designed our paint scheme and his family, are personally invited by the Aaron's Dream Machine team to attend and they are. On Thursday, I travel to Phoenix for a Best Western appearance at their headquarters with Michael (Waltrip). I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also happy we wrap early enough so that I can get to the track."

Reutimann is eager to arrive at Phoenix International Raceway to watch his cousin Wayne Reutimann Jr. race in the USAC Silver Crown 100-lap feature.

"I'm sort of a partner on his deal," Reutimann said. "It's something I really enjoy being a part of and I want Wayne to succeed. Our family races and that's what we do. It will be fun to watch and be a spectator for a change even though you know I want to drive."

Reutimann is also gearing up for his third annual golf tournament at the Silverado Country Club benefiting All Children's Hospital on November 24th in his hometown of Zephyrhills, Fla.

"I don't really play golf and I keep saying I need to learn," Reutimann said. "This tournament is something close and dear to my family's heart. All the proceeds will go to All Children's Hospital, which is a center for pediatric treatment, education and research in specialized care. I have to thank our sponsors, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Michael Waltrip, Memphis Motorsports Park, Daytona International Speedway and so many others for their gracious donations. The list is so long. I can't say thank you enough."

Live coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Sunday, November 11th at Phoenix International Raceway begins at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and MRN Radio.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Wayne Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing