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.
Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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