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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]
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, August 17, 2014 in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS finished second. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
With General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, holds the Michigan Heritage Trophy after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. In 2013, MIS began awarding the Michigan Heritage Trophy as a recognition and celebration of the automobile and it`s importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with his crew after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, races Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS, qualified seventh Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Menard is 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS, qualified sixth Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Harvick is 8th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, captured the pole position Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan NASCAR Sprint Cup 400 race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The was Gordon`s second pole position this season. He set a new track record in the final round of qualifying with a lap of 206.558 mph. Gordon is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates capturing the pole position Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The was Gordon`s second pole position this season. He set a new track record in the final round of qualifying with a lap of 206.558 mph. Gordon is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet SS, celebrates his first Sprint Cup win Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet SS, celebrates his win Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet SS, celebrates his first Sprint Cup win Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, won the pole position Saturday, August 9, 2014 for Sunday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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