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Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, March 31 2011

David Reutimann will fill in for injured Ryan Truex. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In racin’ news today, Thursday, March 31:

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announced that David Reutimann will drive the No. 99 Toyota Camry in the April 8 Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway while Ryan Truex recovers from wrist surgery.

Reutimann replaces rookie points leader Truex, who underwent corrective surgery this week to repair a fractured right wrist.

“I hurt my wrist on a dirt bike about two years ago but it has really started to bother me the last month or so,” said the left-handed Truex. “In these longer Nationwide races it started becoming more and more of a problem. It was time to get it fixed. It’s really not that big of deal I’ll be driving again here soon and everything will be fine.”

Truex will return to the No. 99 driver’s seat at Nashville Speedway on April 23.

Reutimann, who won the Memphis Nationwide race in 2007, ran six Nationwide races in 2010, posting a best finish of fourth at Chicagoland. He and Crew Chief Jerry Baxter finished second in the Nationwide standings in 2007 and seventh in 2008.

“This will be a fun deal in so many ways,” said Reutimann, who won the pole for the 2007 Texas Sprint Cup race.

“Jerry Baxter and I have worked well in the past and he’s surrounded himself with a good bunch of guys on that team. Plus, the No. 99 is usually a pretty fast car.”

The City of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will honor racing legend Jimmy Vasser as well as the legendary racing team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing at the sixth annual Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame induction ceremony.  Both honorees have won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach during their careers.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. at the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center, along the route of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The public is invited to attend.

“Jimmy Vasser and the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team have made legendary contributions to the field of motorsports, and I am delighted that they are being honored in the Motorsports Walk of Fame,” said Mayor Bob Foster, who will be presenting the medallions to the honorees. “Every year the Walk of Fame ceremony kicks off a great week of Grand Prix events that bring thousands to Long Beach.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contribution that both of these individuals have made here in Long Beach both as drivers and team owners,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “Few can match the success that Chip Ganassi has achieved as the team owner of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and for 15 years Jimmy Vasser displayed his driving prowess at Long Beach including winning the 1996 Toyota Grand Prix. They certainly deserve to be included in the pantheon of motor racing legends who have previously been inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.”

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, March 31 2011
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