REUTIMANN STILL TAKING IT ALL IN AFTER BEING NAMED NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES DRIVER This weekend Reutimann competes in the NASCAR Busch Series event behind the wheel of the No. 44 Cottman Transmission entry. CORNELIUS, N.C. (October 11, 2006)...
REUTIMANN STILL TAKING IT ALL IN AFTER BEING NAMED NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES DRIVER
This weekend Reutimann competes in the NASCAR Busch Series event behind the wheel of the No. 44 Cottman Transmission entry.
CORNELIUS, N.C. (October 11, 2006) -- David Reutimann has had the week of his lifetime. During a week-long celebration, Reutimann is still trying to take in everything after being named the driver of the No. 00 Toyota Camry co-sponsored by Burger King Corporation and Domino's Pizza.
"This week has been a blast," Reutimann said. "It's really a dream come true. I can't thank everyone enough."
Last Monday, Michael Waltrip Racing kicked off a surprise celebration for Reutimann in his hometown of Zephyrhills-Fla., to recognize his full-time entry into both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Reutimann will wrap up his week at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where he will compete in the No. 44 Cottman Transmission NASCAR Busch Series car entered by FitzBradshaw Racing.
"This Friday will wrap up one of the best weeks I've ever had," Reutimann said. "It all started on Monday. The event prepared by Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday blew me away. Michael (Waltrip) and Darrell (Waltrip) were both there. Representatives from Aaron's, Domino's Pizza, Burger King Corporation, Michael Waltrip Racing, family members and friends were present too. There were so many people there that have helped me so much along the way. I had no idea. It was such a surprise for me and my family. They did this on a stage about 20 yards from the shop I grew up in building cars. It was picture perfect and it was Michael's idea. They also had Mayor Cliff McDuffie on site to present me with a key to the city of Zephyrhills. That's pretty cool."
On Tuesday the celebration continued.
"They announced to both Waltrip organizations and our sponsors what was in the works for 2007," Reutimann stated. "It was amazing to see how many employees we now have and we are continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. These past few days have been very intense for me. I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Now, it's back to racing for Reutimann. The Florida native has not competed in a NASCAR Busch Series entry at the 1.5-mile quad-oval, but has some experience there in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck.
"I've never made a lap in a NASCAR Busch Series car at Lowe's Motor Speedway," Reutimann said. "I've ran three races there and my best finish is sixth (5/19/06) in the No. 17 Team Tundra Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck. I'm looking forward to going back because I really like the new surface. It will be a good race. There's always a lot of excitement built around Lowe's Motor Speedway because it's so close to home. That's another reason why I enjoy racing there."