Thursday, November 3, 2011

MWR confirms Reutimann departure

    Michael Waltrip Racing confirmed on Thursday that driver David Reutimann will not return to its No. 00 Toyota team for the 2012 season. The Observer and first reported Reutimann's ouster on Tuesday.

   “David has been a significant part of Michael Waltrip Racing since the very beginning and will forever be a part of our heritage,” team co-owner Michael Waltrip said. “We want to thank David for his contribution to our growth and success over the past five years and wish him well in the future.”

   Reutimann will remain with the team for the final three races of the 2011 season.

   In 168 Sprint Cup Series starts, all for Michael Waltrip Racing, Reutimann recorded two wins, 12 top-five, 25 top-10 finishes and won four pole awards.

   On Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, MWR is expected to announce veteran Mark Martin will join the organization next season to run a partial scheduled in the No. 00, multiple sources said.