THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE CARRIES MOMENTUM INTO NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK CORNELIUS, N.C (July 23, 2007) -- David Reutimann enters O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis fresh off a third-place finish at Gateway ...
THE AARON'S DREAM MACHINE CARRIES MOMENTUM INTO NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK
CORNELIUS, N.C (July 23, 2007) -- David Reutimann enters O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis fresh off a third-place finish at Gateway International Raceway in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry last Saturday.
"Things really came together for us last week," said Reutimann, who moved into second-place of the NASCAR Busch Series standings. "We were able to run up front throughout the weekend, whether it was in practice or the main event. Our team works hard each week and we continue to make progress. Hopefully, our success from this past weekend will help land the Aaron's Dream Machine in victory lane at O'Reilly Raceway Park."
Reutimann's arrival in Indianapolis will be met with a mixture of advantage and challenge. Reutimann's advantage comes in the shape of the .686-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park race track. Similar to his short track upbringing, ORP resembles the tracks that Reutimann raced weekly before breaking into NASCAR competition.
"This is a great race track because you can actually race on it," Reutimann said. "The style of this track brings me back to my roots of racing. The fast track and tight turns make racing fun and exciting. My sponsor, Aaron's, has such a large market in Indianapolis, so providing them with nail-biting racing and a strong finish is one of my main goals."
While Reutimann has only one NASCAR Busch Series race at ORP under his belt, he has competed in three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at the .686-mile oval.
"I've led some laps at ORP in the Truck Series before, so I have a good feel for the track," Reutimann said. "We're after another top-five finish and it's attainable as long as we stay out of trouble. The fact we ran up front last weekend is a real boost for us. However, we know that this track is different. We just need to keep the Aaron's Dream Machine's nose clean and we should run well."
Reutimann will be pulling double-duty with plans to race in both Saturday's NBS Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park and Sunday's NNCS Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Unlike his familiarity with the short track event in town, Reutimann will challenge the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway to make his first career start at the Brickyard, driving the No. 00 BURGER KING Toyota Camry.
"It's a dream come true to race at the Brickyard." Reutimann said. "I think most drivers grow up watching all sorts of racing and setting goals for themselves, but for me Indianapolis was at the top of my racing to-do list."
The No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine crew chief, Jerry Baxter, knows this sort of schedule requires a top-notch team.
"It is going to be a busy weekend for our team," Baxter said. "We have very capable people on both the Cup and Busch side to make sure our cars will be prepared well and ready to race. The schedule does overlap some, so we will bring in Mark Green to practice the Aaron's Dream Machine Saturday morning while Reutimann is qualifying the Cup car."
Live coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series race at the O'Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday, July 28th begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.