CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 00 Best Western Toyota driver David Reutimann is heading to the 1-mile, tri-oval Phoenix International Raceway looking to rebound after an early crash resulted in a 30th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver owns a career-best finish of eighth at PIR and is looking to build momentum as the season get into full-swing. This will be the final race on the current track surface and configuration before a project to re-pave, widen the front stretch by 10 feet, add variable banking and pushing the dogleg curve between Turns 2 and 3 out 95 feet begins at the conclusion of Sunday's event.
ON PHOENIX: "Phoenix is a flat racetrack and it's certainly the opposite end of the spectrum from spending two weeks at Daytona. This is where you start to find out what you have in the car under you. This is a flat race track with a lot of speed. These are really, really tough racetracks, it taxes everything you have -- motors, brakes, forward grip, side bite -- all the things you need in a racetrack to go fast. Phoenix is one of the racetracks that you need to have all those things."
REUTIMANN ON REPAVING AND NEW CONFIGURATION: "You've really got to applaud the folks at Phoenix. It's just a great racetrack every time we go out there and I think they are just going to make it even better. That says a lot about what they're trying to do there. They are continually trying to make the racing better for the fans and more competitive. It's a great racetrack already -- I just think they are going to make it even better. The fans pay to see side-by-side racing and that new configuration is definitely going to give it to them."
REUTIMANN ON STARTING TO BUILDING MOMENTUM AT PHOENIX: "We're going out to Phoenix to try and bounce back a little bit after a tough Daytona 500. We had such a horrible race at Phoenix last year. We were just not anywhere near where we needed to be, but we're going to be there with the folks from Best Western this weekend and we love having them on the racecar. They're a great company and we have a lot of fun with them. I'm looking forward to getting out there to Phoenix and hopefully we'll run good just in time for them to change configurations before we go back in the fall and try to figure it out all over again."