David Reutimann has bounced back from being abruptly let go by Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the 2011 season, and has signed a new one-year deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing for a partial Sprint Cup season in 2012 racing alongside the team's existing driver Dave Blaney.

"We're looking at 26 races - not a full season but that's something we're obviously angling towards and trying to do and we're going there to race," Reutimann announced, adding that "start-and-park" was not involved in the plans and that he would try picking up some Camping World Truck Series appearances to fill any gaps in the schedule.

The team added that it was still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney, and that details regarding car number, sponsors and team members will be confirmed and announced in the forthcoming weeks.

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TBR has been operating for the last three years and in 2011 ran Dave Blaney for a full season as well as a second car in five races with drivers including veteran racer Geoffrey Bodine. The team claimed a best-ever result at Talladega in the autumn with third place on the superspeedway.

"In 2011 we hit our goals: we wanted to get into the top 35 and compete in every race, and we did that," said Tommy Baldwin. "Our goals for 2012 are a little different. We want to spend our time getting more competitive and we're excited now, because we know we can get to the next level ... Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program's growth."

TBR finished 33rd in the owners' standings in 2011 (which guarantees them race starts for the first five races of the new season) and Reutimann declared himself "very impressed" with the team's growth and performance.

"They continually showed improvement, week in and week out," said the 41-year-old two-time Cup race winner. "He started a team from nothing, he's raced it up into the top 35 and he continues to build the deal, and it's impressive to see."

Reutimann also pointed out the similarities between himself and his new car owner - both have famous motor racing fathers, legendary dirt modified driver Buzzie Reutimann and asphalt modified driver Tom Baldwin respectively.

"One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots 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," explained Reutimann. "Tommy would be a success no matter what he chose to do, but he's a racer. Some team owners would race and make money, but a racer comes up with money so he can go race, and that's Tommy Baldwin."

Referring to the owner of Phoenix Racing, Reutimann added: "James Finch is one of them [a racer] who just works his butt off to go race, and so is Tommy. It's the way I was raised with my dad, so we are on the same page."

"How he was brought up and what he's done in his career definitely raises my comfort level," agreed Baldwin of his new driver.

Baldwin will himself take up the role of crew chief for Reutimann for the pair's first outing of 2012 at Daytona in February. Baldwin was Ward Burton's crew chief at Bill Davis Racing when that team won the 2002 Daytona 500.

In order to finance its 2012 race plans, TBR now urgently needs to find a new sponsor to replace restaurant chain Golden Corral, which exited the sport at the end of 2011 despite getting a good return in media time on their investment.

"They decided to spend their money on some TV stuff, I guess," said Baldwin. "But they were a great partner and they did some great things for us last year. We're gonna find somebody like that and hopefully we can do a good job like we did with Golden Corral."