Sprint Cup: David Reutimann, BK Racing part ways

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David Reutimann is officially one-and-done at BK Racing, as the team has announced a mutual decision between themselves and the Florida native to part ways effective immediately.

Reutimann ran just one year with BKR. He had a dismal 2013, posting just one Top-20 all season (16th at the Daytona 500) and finishing 33rd in the Sprint Cup championship. Additionally, he scored the fewest points (465) and led the fewest laps (one, at Phoenix in March) among competitors that raced in all 36 Cup races.

“Due to the current uncertainty of the team’s 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014,” the team said in a statement. “No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time.”

Reutimann is a two-time race winner on the Cup circuit but has not won since 2010. In fact, he hasn’t earned a Top-10 finish since finishing seventh for Michael Waltrip Racing in the 2011 fall race at Phoenix.

As for who could take over Reutimann’s now-former ride, the No. 83 Toyota, Alex Bowman may be the prime candidate. Bowman subbed in for Reutimann during last month’s NASCAR aero testing at Charlotte and is slated to test the car again during this week’s Preseason Thunder sessions at Daytona.

Meanwhile, Ryan Truex has announced that he will be testing BK Racing’s other machine, the No. 93 Toyota, during the Thunder sessions. Travis Kvapil drove the No. 93 last season.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)