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In Brief: Villeneuve; Reutimann; Twitter deal

Jacques Villeneuve picks up two Nationwide Series road race outings, David Reutimann joins BK Racing for eight Cup events, and NASCAR signs a partnership with Twitter.
Jacques Villeneuve gets two Nationwide road race spots with Penske

Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will make a return behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car again this summer, when he will take charge of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Penske Racing car for the series' two road course outings this summer.

Villeneuve's first NASCAR race of 2012 will be at Road America in Wisconsin on June 23, before going on to race in his native Canada in the August 18 race at Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, named after his father and also the venue for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada. It's the second year running that Penske have called him up for the two events.

“I appreciate Penske Racing giving me the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the #22 Dodge this season,” said Villeneuve. “Road America and Montreal are two of my favorite racetracks. I feel, after winning the pole last year at Montreal, that we can have a lot of success. A NASCAR victory is something I want.”

"Jacques is a première road racer that brings extensive experience to the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team,” said Penske Racing team president Tim Cindric. “He gave us two strong runs last year and we feel he can do the same this season. We would like to be the team that gives him his first NASCAR victory."

Parker Kligerman is the regular driver of the #22. Villeneuve has made 10 NASCAR starts over the past five seasons, including seven in the Nationwide Series. He's finished in a series-best third place at both Montreal (2010) and Road America (2011).

Reutimann joins BK Racing for eight Cup outings

David Reutimann has added eight new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series outings to his 2012 calendar, after signing with BK Racing to drive the #73 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota car in every race that he's not already scheduled to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing, starting with this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Everyone at BK Racing is excited to solidify a third car on our team for David Reutimann," said Scott Gunderson, the president of BK Racing. Reutimann has already joined BK for the Daytona 500 and Darlington 500 races this season when the TBR car was taken by Danica Patrick.

"The #73 team has already proven to be a contender," said Reutimann. "We're already off to a good start and the team is continuing to improve. Travis and Landon are terrific teammates and I think having a third car among us will give us better information and more resources to keep strengthening."

Reutimann lost his full time ride with Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of 2011 when the team opted to sign Clint Bowyer and add Mark Martin to the line-up in a part-time capacity. Reutimann has also signed up to drive the #92 Ricky Benton Racing car in a part-time return to the Camping World Truck Series in 2012.

NASCAR signs strategic partnership with Twitter

NASCAR has signed a new digital partnership with social media network Twitter to enhance the sport's interaction with fans.




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David Reutimann in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway [Photo credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Jacques Villeneuve, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, poses after qualifying on the pole position for the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 19 in Montreal, Canada. [Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images]
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 19 Cooper Standard Ram, addresses the media about NASCAR and Twitter`s partnership alongside Omid Ashtari, from left, Head of Sports and Entertainment for Twitter, Steve Phelps, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for NASCAR, and Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of the #30 Alpinestars Chevrolet, during race day coverage at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. (Picture Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Jacques Villenueve in the #22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge takes a corner during the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 20 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [Photo Credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images]
Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb, the crew chief of the #11 Joe Gibb Racing Toyota, consult in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, July 27, 2014 the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, July 27, 2014 the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates his win Sunday, July 27, 2014 of the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, kisses the Brick after his win Sunday, July 27, 2014 of the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, races the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
The Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevrolet Nationwide Series car driven by Ty Dillon. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualified 2nd fastest Saturday, July 26, 2014 for Sunday`s Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Next to him on the front row will be pole winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, was the fastest qualifier Saturday, July 26, 2014 to capture the pole position for Sunday`s Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS will join him on the front row. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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