DREYER & REINBOLD RACING MAKES MORE PROGRESS IN FAST FRIDAY PRACTICE FOR THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Indianapolis, IN - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs), Paul Tracy (No. 23 WIX Filters), Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga), and Davey Hamilton (No. 11 HP) maintained the progress that they built yesterday. Luckily, it was another beautiful day, which enabled all four drivers to get ample track time in on Fast Friday.
We're not great, but we are definitely any where from 10th to about 16th quickest by ourselves.
The goal for today was to get the cars dialed in for qualifying tomorrow. All four started working on race set-up, but the majority of the day was concentrating on getting the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing machines quick for Pole day.
Wilson, in the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car, was the fastest of the four with a speed of 226.125 miles per hour. He logged a total of 59 laps, putting him 20th overall. Tracy, in the No. 23 WIX Filters machine, worked diligently to get his car fast for tomorrow. The Canadian completed 38 laps recording a top speed of 225.996 mph, making him 23rd quickest for the session.
Hamilton in the No. 11 HP chassis, logged 58 laps with a best of 225.730 mph, which put him in 24thposition. Brazilian driver, Beatriz, pilot of the No. 24 Ipiranga machine, continued to work on a number of different things as she clocked a lap speed of 224.854 mph and was 34th overall. She completed 78 laps today.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track tomorrow for qualifying for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Qualifying will be broadcast live on VERSUS at 11 am ET. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "It was a busy day. We've gone through a lot of stuff. The key now is trying to study all of that data and see what we can learn from it. We had a couple of different things. The Z-Line Designs car feels pretty good and we did a reasonable time, but obviously tomorrow is going to be the big day. We'll see what people really have, so we will just have to wait and see."
Paul Tracy, No. 23 WIX Filters: "Overall, I think we are in pretty good shape in terms of speed by ourselves. We struggled a little bit with the rear of the car at the beginning of the day. We changed the setup on the car and went back out and it was much better. We worked on the car a little bit and made some changes to try to improve the balance of the car and put a sticker set of Firestone tires on at about three o'clock in the afternoon and ran a 225.996 mph, which was pretty good by ourselves. We came back after that to check things over and take a look at it. We went back out with a race setup on and I had a very, very small brush with the wall and we just decided to look at it over night and we will go at it tomorrow to see where we are at. In terms of speed by ourselves, I think we are okay. We're not great, but we are definitely any where from 10th to about 16th quickest by ourselves."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "We did many, many laps trying to work on the car. We had some things that we were trying to find and we came back to the garage to improve and to make a big change. We couldn't really find what we wanted, so I'm a little bit disappointed, but we will see. I think that my teammates did a good job and we'll see what they did and hopefully for qualifying we will be faster."
Davey Hamilton, No. 11 HP: "I think we are good. We have four cars that went four completely different directions just because we were a little bit stagnate, so to speak. We were just kind of stuck on the speeds that we were stuck on, so all four drivers went completely different directions with pretty major changes and we all found speed. Now we just have to evaluate it and see which package is the best. I think Paul has a real good package and I felt like mine was pretty fast. I could run a high 25 on my own. Right now we have to gamble around. Tomorrow's qualifying man, but I feel confident."