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TBR picks up David Reutimann

1/3/2012 - NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sprint Cup driver David Reutimann, released by Michael Waltrip Racing after the 2011 season, has joined Tommy Baldwin Racing.

How many races the two-time winner in the Cup series will run has not been determined. Team officials said the goal is to field two cars full-time if sponsorship and funding can be found.

Reutimann will team with Dave Blaney, who finished 32nd in points for TBR last season. The 41-year-old driver was notified in early November he would not return to MWR to make room for Mark Martin and owner Michael Waltrip to share a ride in the coming season.

"One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer," Reutimann said of his new team owner. "There are a lot 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.

"It's the way I was raised with my dad, so we are on the same page."

Team officials said the hope is to have both drivers in the season-opening Daytona 500. Blaney's car is guaranteed a spot based on finishing in the top 35 in owner's points last season.

Blaney also is looking for sponsorship, since Golden Corral not returning.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com