David Reutimann began his career in Dirt Track Modifieds and Late Models on small ovals in his native Florida. In 1997 he moved to the Slim Jim All Pro Series, a former amateur racing series of NASCAR, which races held in the southwestern United States. He came eight times in the top 10 and finished fifth in the overall standings. His performance earned him the "Rookie of the Year Award" as the best rookie of the year a. The following year, he won the " Sportsmanship Award". After a few average years Reutimann celebrated some race wins in 2002 and was second in the overall standings.
These services were also higher in NASCAR divisions not go unnoticed and so was David Reutimann 2002 Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia to his Busch Grand National Series debut at NEMCO Motorsports. He finished the race in 16th place. In 2003 he drove for NEMCO Motorsports in the Busch Grand National Series, and convinced many a time. He also made it as a substitute driver in Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park to place the Ford of Greg Biffle on pole position. Shortly afterwards, he said on television that he was looking for a permanent place in NASCAR.
Craftsman Truck Series
In 2004, Reutimann signed a contract with Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, who gave him the chance to drive the Toyota truck with the number 17 in the Craftsman Truck Series. In his first season, he raced twice from the pole position and took a total of ten top - 10 finishes. He finished the season in 14th place overall and was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award. In 2005, Reutimann was able to celebrate his first victory in the Craftsman Truck Series in the Toyota Tundra 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tennessee. He finished the season in 13th place overall. In 2006, David Reutimann drove for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series and delivered consistently good results from. In the overall classification, he finished in third place with 3530 points behind Johnny Benson with 3539 points and Todd Bodine with 3666 points.
Due to his good performances he also got a chance in the NASCAR Busch Series to compete. There he found a place in the team of Michael Waltrip, brother of Darrell Waltrip, in his truck team, he was active. In October 2006, Michael Waltrip announced that David Reutimann will in the 2007 season, the full race calendar of the NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series for his team, Michael Waltrip Racing ride. In the Nextel Cup he should drive the Toyota with the number 00. The # 00 was for many years his father Buzzie Reutimann, who became known in the 1970s as an outstanding dirt track racer number.
In the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season David Reutimann qualified for 26 of the 36 races in the two road course races, he was replaced due to lack of experience by PJ Jones. His best finishing position was 13th in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He often found himself in a promising position, but the below-average material and technical problems prevented better rankings.
In the Busch Series David Reutimann showed in the 2007 season a couple of good performances. On 27 October 2007, he won the Sam 's Town 250 at the Memphis Motorsports Park, but he led 194 of the 250 laps. In the overall standings, it was enough for second place.
In October 2007 it was announced in the wake of a Nextel Cup race in Concord, North Carolina, that Dale Jarrett will finish his career in the 2008 season and David Reutimann from the sixth race of the season, the # 44 Dale Jarrett drove previously will, piloting. The first five races of the season completed Reutimann in the # 00 Also in the Nationwide Series, the former Busch Series, he was active again with the goal to win the title
In the 2008 season, Reutimann get some notable successes. In particular, in the last third of the season he knew to convince. In the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, he led more than 100 laps, but only came ninth. In the overall standings, it was enough to 22nd place in the Nationwide Series Reutimann finished seventh overall. At the start of the 2009 season, Michael Waltrip Racing was established in NASCAR and Reutimann got more competitive cars. In May, he won with the Coca- Cola 600 at Lowe 's Motor Speedway his first Sprint Cup race. He fail just short of qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and finished the season ranked 16th overall. Since his victory at Lowe 's Motor Speedway, he is one of only 20 drivers who managed to win at least one race in all three top division of NASCAR. On 20 June 2010 he won the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
David Reutimann lives with his wife and daughter in Mooresville, North Carolina. He is a member of Berea Baptist Church in Mooresville.
- 2005: Toyota Tundra 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway in the Craftsman Truck Series
- 2007: Sam 's Town 250 at the Memphis Motorsports Park in the Busch Series
- 2009: Coca- Cola 600 at Lowe 's Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup
- 2010: LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in the Sprint Cup