Reutimann Posts 12th-Place Finish In First NASCAR Busch Series Road Course Race At Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 5, 2007) -- David Reutimann impressed his No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team with a ...
Reutimann Posts 12th-Place Finish In First NASCAR Busch Series Road Course Race At Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 5, 2007) -- David Reutimann impressed his No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team with a 12th-place finish in his first road course raceon the NASCAR Busch Series circuit at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Sunday afternoon.
"The team is happy with where we finished," Reutimann said. "This was my first road course race in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine. My experience on a road course was slim to none before this weekend. All in all, it was a good day for us."
Reutimann qualified 25th for the scheduled 80-lap event, but an engine change by the Michael Waltrip Racing team resulted in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry starting at the rear of the field.
As the race began, Reutimann moved into 20th-place at Lap 10. On the next lap, Reutimann was shown in 13th-place as the front-runners made green flag pit stops. After Reutimann made his routine pit stop one lap later, he exited pit road in 36th-place. Reutimann picked off one position after anotherand was 29th on Lap 24 as he made his next pit stop.
"The car wasn't bad, but it was a little tight the entire race," Reutimann said. "The first time we made an air pressure adjustment, it helped the car. Then we made another air pressure adjustment and it seemed to make the car tighter. The guys kept adjusting on it each time we stopped."
At Lap 41, Reutimann entered the top-20. Two laps later, he overtook 15th-place and continued his climb as cars ahead of his Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry pitted again. Running 11th at Lap 45, Reutimann entered pit road for four tires, a track bar adjustment and air pressure adjustments.
"The car was just too tight," Reutimann said. "We made adjustments. Then we made our last pit stop on Lap 53 under caution. They took a couple rounds of wedge out to help free up the car."
Reutimann restarted 24th at Lap 54 and picked up a couple spots ten laps later following a multi-car accident ahead of him. Reutimann restarted 20th and was running 18th when another multi-car accident occurred on Lap 72. Reutimann advanced to 15th for the restart three laps later. Multiple cautions inside ten laps remaining resulted in a green-white-checker scenario, in which, Reutimann capitalized on for his Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team. The Florida native crossed the finish line on Lap 82 in 12th-place.
"Generally, you don't go to a track hoping for a top-15 finish, but this was a totally different scenario," Reutimann said. "We aimedfor a top-15 finish. We havedone a good job. I learned a lot about racing on a road course. Jerry (Baxter) did a great job of making improvements to the carthroughout the race. Overall, we feel like we had a good weekend. We are ready to move on to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway)."
Reutimann picked up three more positions in the NASCAR Busch Series drivers points standings and is now in eighth-place (171 behind the leader) leading into Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.