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Racin’ News: Reutimann, MWR To Part Ways

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 3 2011

David Reutimann will be replaced at MWR. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

In racin’ news today:

(In this package: Reutimann out at MWR; Danica’s plans to be detailed; Penske to return in tact to INDYCAR; Ed Carpenter launches own IndyCar team; KVM going with Chevy.)

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday that it would release driver David Reutimann at the end of the 2011 season.

MWR has scheduled a press conference for Friday to be held at Texas Motor Speedway. It is expect that veteran Mark Martin will be named to drive for the team in 2012.

Reutimann joined MWR in 2005.

He was informed of his fate this week.

“David has been a significant part of Michael Waltrip Racing since the very beginning and will forever be a part of our heritage,” said Co-Owner Michael Waltrip in a statement. “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.

A press conference featuring Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday to announce details of Patrick’s Sprint Cup driving schedule for 2012.

Patrick’s car number and car will be unveiled.

Team Penske will keep its three-car lineup in tact for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.

Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Will Power will all return to Team Penske next season, keeping in place the same driver lineup that the team has fielded since 2009. Next season will mark the third consecutive year that Team Penske will compete with three full-season IndyCar entries. Since 2009, Team Penske has generated an impressive 21 wins and 28 poles in IZOD IndyCar Series competition between the three drivers.

“We are excited to return with a three-car team in 2012,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. “The combination of Helio, Ryan and Will has been a formidable one on the track and they work very well together as teammates. Our goal all along has been to continue running three cars and thanks to our terrific partners, we have been able to make everything work from the business side. Now, all of our focus will be on developing the new Chevrolet IndyCar and getting ready for a strong return to the track in 2012.”

Team Penske expects to make several sponsorship announcements in the next few months it prepares for the 2012 season.

INDYCAR veteran driver Ed Carpenter has announced he will form his own IZOD IndyCar Series team. He plans to compete in the full IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing.

The team is owned and operated by Carpenter and his stepfather, Tony George, who started Vision Racing in 2005. Carpenter, who has 113 IZOD IndyCar Series starts, drove for Vision Racing for five seasons. Additional details are expected to be announced at a news conference Nov. 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with Ed Carpenter Racing,” said the driver who won his first race in October at Kentucky Speedway. “Team ownership is something that I have thought about for quite a long time, and is now becoming a reality as a result of a great relationship with Fuzzy (Zoeller) and Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.

“I don’t know that I ever thought that I would have the opportunity to be an owner/driver, but when an opportunity like this comes along you can’t pass it up. I can’t wait to get to work and begin building this team for not only 2012, but beyond.”

Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, which sponsored Carpenter’s car in 2010 when he raced with Panther Racing, will be the primary sponsor of Ed Carpenter Racing as part of a three-year commitment. The company served as Carpenter’s helmet sponsor in 2011 in addition to sponsoring a car from Panther Racing driven by Buddy Rice for the Indianapolis 500.

“We’re looking forward to playing a full round with Ed in 2012. In the past, we’ve only been able to play a few holes,” said Fuzzy Zoeller, PGA and Champions Tour professional and owner of Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. “Ed caddied for me last year and he’s definitely a much better driver. We’ve had a great time with Ed and IndyCar and now we’re really going to tee it up in 2012.”

Carpenter, 30, began his IZOD IndyCar Series career in 2003 with PDM Racing after competing in Firestone Indy Lights. He’s also driven for Red Bull Cheever Racing, Vision Racing, Panther Racing and 10 races this season with Sarah Fisher Racing. He has one pole (Kentucky 2010) and 29 top-10 finishes.

KV Racing Technology announced that the team will be powered by the Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 racing engine for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 by Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser and joined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008.

“I am very pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology has reached an agreement to compete with Chevrolet power during the 2012 IndyCar season,” Kalkhoven said. “Chevy has a proven history of innovation and success in motorsports and we look forward to continuing that legacy.”

KV Racing Technology joins Team Penske, Andretti Autosport and Panther Racing as IZOD IndyCar Series teams aligned with Chevrolet for the 2012 season.

(This story will be updated as news breaks today.)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, November 3 2011
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