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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]
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