Birmingham Open test
OFF TO A GOOD START FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Leeds, AL (March 14, 2011) -Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was eager to get back to racing and prove how hard they had worked in the off-season. DRR hit the pavement at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama today, marking the third time that Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs) and the first time that Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga), have tested at the 2.3 mile road course.
It was a very productive day for veteran driver, Justin Wilson. Today was a matter of checking a few boxes off on the "to do list", and that's exactly what the No. 22 Z-Line Designs crew did. In the beginning of the day DRR found some things that didn't quite work, but by the end they were able to come away with some positives. As a result, Wilson completed the final session with the third quickest time of 1:12.6791.
Newest addition to the team, Ana Beatriz, pilot of the No. 24 Ipiranga car, quickly gelled with her crew and engineer. Today was a little bit of a learning curve for the Brazilian, who ran on the Barber Motorsports circuit for the first time. The 25-year old was able to log in a number of laps and get some valuable track time to tuck behind her belt. As the day progressed, the team made improvements to the car and Bia feels prepared for tomorrow. She rounded out the day with the 24th fastest time of 1:15.0777.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be back on track tomorrow morning for day two of testing. For more information on the team please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they had to say....
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "The first day was okay. We had a few things that we had to spend some time on earlier, so we missed a bit of track time. We came back out and I think we made some strong progress in the afternoon. Some of the changes were good and some were bad, so we can cross those off of the list and now we are shortening it up. I think it has been a reasonable day and we will keep working on it for tomorrow."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "Well it was a little bit tougher that I had expected. I don't know the Barber track, this was my first time to run here. It's a very technical circuit and it has some really fast corners, so I really had to trust the car. We did improve the car all day, which is a good thing. At the end of the day, just at the point when I think that I was right with the setup and we put on new tires, but unfortunately on my fastest lap I spun the car and destroyed the tires so we couldn't run anymore, which was frustrating. All in all, we did improve a lot, it's just disappointing that we couldn't show the times that I know we could show."