It's official! Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Sirius Speedway favorite David Reutimann will become the full-time driver of the No. 00 Toyota Camry, co-sponsored by Burger King Corporation and Domino’s Pizza in 2007.
Waltrip announced the move today, saying, “Dale Jarrett and I both feel strongly that David is the ideal candidate to cap off our driver line up. I know everyone at Domino’s and Burger King Corporation will be pleased with what David can do, on and off the racetrack.”
Reutimann said, “In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t come up with a scenario that would put me driving a ‘00’ car -- especially with great sponsors like Burger King Corporation and Domino’s -- in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. I always thought about how cool it would be to drive a car with my family number in the top series in the world, but what are the chances that would happen? My grandfather, father (the legendary Emil "Buzzie" Reutimann), uncle and cousins have all raced a car with the ‘00.' It’s our family number, and if you’re a Reutimann, that’s the number you race. I can’t describe it. It’s surreal and a thrill, not only for me, but for my entire family.”
Domino’s will serve as primary sponsor from the season-opening Daytona 500 through the May race at Darlington, in the August race at Michigan International Speedway, and in five races of the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup. Burger King will serve as primary sponsor in the remaining events.
In addition to running full-time in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, Reutimann will also drive Waltrip’s No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine in the full NASCAR Busch Series schedule next season.
“I have a two-time Daytona 500 winner (Waltrip) and a former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion (Jarrett) to get advice from,” Reutimann said. “I feel like they are two of the best guys in the business to talk to about things, on and off the racetrack. I also still have Darrell Waltrip I can go to, who has been there for me many times. I’ll get their advice and look to all of them for their leadership. I have a lot to learn and they have a lot to teach.”