It's a good-news, bad-news kind of day for David Reutimann. Good news: he's got a ride for 2012, with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Bad news? There's no sponsor yet.
Reutimann and Dave Blaney will make up Baldwin's 2012 lineup, although there are no details yet as to sponsors, car numbers or crew members. So we'll just have to wait on that. Anybody got any spare coin?
Reutimann, now 41, was one of the higher-profile drivers left without a ride in the wake of 2011's seat-shifting fiesta; he was replaced, in effect, by Clint Bowyer and part of Mark Martin at Michael Waltrip Racing. While at MWR, Reutimann notched two wins in the Sprint Cup Series and brings instant credibility to the Baldwin organization.
"One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer," Reutimann said in a statement. "There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It's the way I was raised with my dad, so we are on the same page. I'm just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do."
Tommy Baldwin Racing did run in all 36 events in 2011, and even notched a third-place finish with Blaney at Talladega in October. That led to an infamous "kids across the country eat free" at Golden Corral the next week thanks to Blaney's high finish; in (perhaps) unrelated news, Golden Corral is no longer on board with TBR. Still, the team reached the top 35 in owner's points, which means it's guaranteed a spot in the first five races of the season, a nice way to begin.