DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY 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) were back on track for the final practice before the big show. All four drivers got plenty of run time in for Carb day as they made final tweaks to their cars in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
This year will mark the team's 12th Indianapolis 500. DRR's first start in the historic event was in 2000 with Robbie Buhl. In 2002, the team started on the front row when Buhl qualified 2nd for the race, earning the team their best start for the famed event. Last year, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was the second team to have led the most laps of the race (Tomas Scheckter, Mike Conway, Justin Wilson) and Wilson earned the team their best finish to date in 2010 when he brought the car home in 7th position.
Once we get into the race we have to treat it like any other.
In this morning's final practice before Sunday's race, Tracy recorded the 17th fastest speed of 223.211 mph and logged 46 laps, making him the quickest of the four-car DRR line-up. The Canadian will be making his 7th start for the Indianapolis 500. His best start was 7th in 1993 and his best finish was 2nd in 2002. After a nail biting qualifying last weekend, Tracy earned the 25th spot in next Sunday's starting grid with an average lap speed of 224.939 mph, which also made him the quickest qualifier on day two.
It was a similar story for Tracy's teammate, Wilson. The Brit was able to concentrate on making minor adjustments to the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine. He clocked the 18th fastest speed of 223.159 mph, and completed 47 laps. Wilson will make his fourth Indianapolis 500 appearance. Last year he led for the first time on an oval and at the Indianapolis 500 as he led for 11 laps and finished 7th for the event. Last weekend he qualified 20th for this Sunday's race with a four-lap average speed of 224.583 mph.
The goal of the day for Beatriz was to make sure everything felt right in the No. 24 Ipiranga car and luckily it did. The Brazilian completed a 36-lap run and called it a day as she posted the 24th fastest speed of 222.600 mph. Last weekend, Beatriz earned an average qualifying speed of 223.879 mph, putting her 32nd on the grid for this week's race.
Like his teammates, Hamilton worked on long race runs and got plenty of valuable practice time in. The veteran driver struggled a little bit with getting the right balance, but was able to make the right adjustments to perfect the car. He clocked the 27th fastest speed of 222.168 mph. Hamilton will be making his 11th start. He recorded a 225.250 mph qualifying average to place him in 15th position.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will hit the pavement for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The event will be telecast live on ABC. 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: "Today's practice was okay. We made a couple of changes and I think we found a few things. Hopefully we will be in good shape for the race."
Justin going into the race on Sunday: "Obviously we are looking for a good race. We have to be patient, but at the same time you can't afford to sit back and wait so it's just a case of trying to make it happen when you can. Once we get into the race we have to treat it like any other. Obviously, it means a lot more and we've been here for a couple of weeks now, so there's a lot of build up. It will change your career if you win it, but you have to focus when you are on the track and treat it like any other race and make the same decisions and just trust in what you do."
Paul Tracy, No. 23 WIX Filters: "Today's practice was mediocre, we have a little work to do. On the speed chart it was okay we were like 17th quick. We were a little bit unbalanced today, but the weather will be completely different on race day than what we have now. How much that plays into it is the key. We really need to focus on how we achieve balance for the 85 degrees and windy, because today was calm and 55 degrees. We will evaluate all of the data and make our best choice for race day.
Paul going into the race on Sunday: "I feel great with the WIX team going into Sunday. They have done a great job all month long and now we are on the homestretch. We just need to try and do a good job on race day. The crowd today was insane and pumped up. I think that it will be a great 100th Anniversary."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "It feels good going into the race. We tested a couple of things on Carb day and in warm-up. It's hard to predict what we will have come race day because it will probably be 40 degrees warmer on race day, but I think that we are in good shape."
Ana Beatriz going into the race on Sunday: "I'm trying not to think about it much, because I don't want to get too excited about it. I'm treating it like a normal race. You have to be so focused to do everything right and not miss a thing, so I'm going to do my best and stay calm."
Davey Hamilton, No. 11 HP: "I think today went okay. It's Carb day so the conditions are going to be so different on Sunday that everybody in this garage area will be doing different setups than what they did today. We're not going to see speeds like that. Our balance wasn't what we wanted it to be, but it's going to be 85 on Sunday and we are going to change it all around anyways and that's what Carb day if for is to make sure that it is all put together right.
Davey going into the race on Sunday: "This year I need to make sure that I get through the first lap since last year didn't work out that good. It will be a different race. We are going to be doing double file restarts this year and it's a very competitive field. I feel we have what it takes, but we need to be smart all day and have good pit stops. Hopefully in the end we will be contending for the win."