DREYER & REINBOLD RACING OFF TO A GOOD START FOR PRACTICE IN LONG BEACH
Long Beach, CA (April 15, 2011)- Today was a good start to the weekend for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as they had strong runs in both practice sessions for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. DRR pilots Justin Wilson (No. 22 Transystems) and Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga) continue to build on the momentum that they have gained from the first two races as both cars made substantial progress throughout the sessions.
Wilson showed that he has competed on the 1.3-mile temporary street circuit before. A former pole-sitter at the Long Beach track, he proved quickly in the first session that he would be one to beat for tomorrow's qualifying. The Brit clocked the 4th quickest time in practice one with a time of 1:11.7195. Unfortunately in the second session, it wasn't the direction the team was hoping to go in. Tonight the team will work diligently on the car overnight. As a result Wilson was the 9th fastest with a time of 1:11.5862.
After breaking her scaphoid bone at the season-opener in St. Petersburg, Florida three weeks ago, today was about getting acclimated to the car again for Ana Beatriz. The Brazilian had to sit out last weekend's second round at Barber Motorsports Park. The first session was meant for Bia to get more track time under her belt and to get adjusted to her new brace. Beatriz and DRR made the necessary progress and have a good direction for tomorrow. The 26-year old was 27th fastest in the first session and 26th fastest in the second session with times of 1:14.7272 and 1:13.4170.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California on April 17th. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, April 17th at 3:30 pm (ET) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 211. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach...
The focus is to get better and to have a great race.
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs:"We were struggling to get the braking sorted out. It seemed it was very easy to lock the rears and we were always having to go down the run-offs. One time I tried to force it and spun out. We are still working on the back of the car and trying to get that sorted out and then we can move forward towards the rest. It's difficult, because we went out on new tires and there were two yellows. Every lap there were cars that went off in one and cars that went off in nine. I think that everyone is dealing with the same thing. It's pretty tough to drive and pretty tough for everyone to get a clear lap."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "The day went well. The first session was all about getting me comfortable back in the car and I had a carbon brace with me, which made it difficult to drive. We made some modifications to the steering wheel and the brace to make it better. The second session was an improvement and we could get more time, but as the session went on I could feel my wrist a little bit more. When I went faster I started catching the curbs and the bumps, which put some load on my wrist. I think we will be alright for tomorrow and will be better again. The focus is to get better and to have a great race."