"I was just disappointed – disappointed, bummed out to put it mildly," said Reutimann at Texas. "It's a bit of a shock. I wasn't expecting it ... It happened. It is what it is."
The timing of the decision has left Reutimann in a particularly bad position with regards to finding a replacement drive so late in the day. "The thing about it is there's not a lot out there," he said. "If there were to be something out there, it's going to involve you doing the same thing that got done to me. I'm not exactly up for that.
"I know how bad it feels for me right now. I'm not really sure – you've just got to wonder if it's worth it in the long run. I don't know," he said, before adding: "I want it worse than anybody that's ever set foot in this garage area and I still do. I can still win races. I can still get the job done."
But Reutimann wasn't holding anything against his newly-announced replacement, Mark Martin.
"They decided to make a change and they got a really good guy to drive," he said, despite his own disappointment. "If you looked in the dictionary or there's a picture of what a race-car driver looks like, right under [David's father] Buzzie Reutimann is Mark Martin. They've got the right guy for the job"