David 43rd at Chicagoland by Cheryl Nichols and Kellyanne Lynch
15 July 2007
David Reutimann's #00 Burger King Toyota suffered an engine failure today at Chicagoland Speedway. His Michael Waltrip Racing entry finished last in the USG Sheetrock 400, this afternoon's Nextel Cup race. Car owner Michael Waltrip finished 30th, (click here for details about his run), and teammate Dale Jarrett did not make the race.
"It looks like it maybe broke a piston or something like that," David said after his car went to the garage. "It was running fine, then all of a sudden it dropped a cylinder and started smoking. It was just blowing smoke out of the exhaust, so it's sucking oil from somewhere. Things were going okay. We had a good day going. We were moving forward and the car was driving good. The car was much, much better that what it was when we practiced, and then we just had a failure there. It's extremely disappointing. We were running well, so if you can take anything good away from it I think we learned a lot."
The driver's cousin and spotter, Shawn Reutimann, guided the #00 to the stripe at 4:17pm ET. "Green, green, green!" David rolled off 21st but reached 17th by lap 3.
"Free in the middle," David reported on lap 11.
"Hang in there," crew chief Frankie Kerr replied. "You're doing a great job. You're running 32.50's." Around lap 15, he asked his driver to turn on the rear fan. He told David he had run a 32.60 on lap 19 and asked, "How is your water temperatures?"
"205," David replied.
On lap 23, Frankie asked, "How's the car?"
David's response was, "Still loose in the centre."
Frankie suggested around lap 30 that David run the outside line after some of the others were able to pass the #00 on the high side.
"It's so loose, I'm afraid to try it," David said.
The crew chief said they would get some air pressure adjustments when they would stop in about twenty-five laps. Around lap 40, he told David he had run a 33.12 - the same pace as the leader. The #00 team planned to pit in about fourteen laps.
David reported on his car. "It’s still free in the center and really free off."
"We’ll work on it on the stop," Frankie assured him.
David was running 19th around lap 46 when he said, "Frankie, this thing is filling up with smoke."
"David, go ahead and pull it down on the apron," Shawn responded. "You’re trailing smoke."
"What are your gauges reading?" Frankie asked.
"205, and we still have oil pressure," David replied. "It must be a piston or something. We’re done."
"Never fails, every time we have a good run going," Frankie commented.
"No oil leaks," crew member Joe stated. "Wanna take it to the garage and pull the cover and see if we can fix it?"
"Yeah," Frankie conceded.
David asked his crew chief, "Where do you want me to go?"
"Back to the garage stall where we have been this week," Frankie replied. "Bring the tires on back. That thing is blown up." He then addressed the entire team. "Thanks, everyone, for your help and a great weekend. We’ll get ‘em again in two weeks."
Coverage of the Nextel Cup's Allstate 400 starts Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm ET on ESPN. The Busch Series' Gateway 250 will air July 21st at 8:00pm on ESPN2.