David Reutimann, one of three high-profile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to become unemployed at the end of the 2011 season, has found a ride for 2012.
Reutimann will drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing, the team announced Tuesday, teaming with Dave Blaney. Sponsorship details and car numbers were not announced, though the team said sponsor Golden Corral will not return.
"Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time," Reutimann said. "One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. 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."
TBR competed in all 36 races last season and finished the season in the top 35 in owner points – thus guaranteeing the team one spot for the Daytona 500. The organization expanded to two cars for five races in the second half of the year – and now will apparently try to make a go as a full-time two-car team.
"Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney," Baldwin said. "...This season, our goal is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program's growth."
Reutimann had been looking for a ride since learning in November he was being fired from Michael Waltrip Racing in favor of Mark Martin.
Along with several younger drivers, Brian Vickers and David Ragan are still searching for new teams after losing their jobs at the end of the year.