Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Finished In The Top-10 With Justin Wilson For Dad's Day In Milwaukee
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's third oval of the season was full of twists and turns for the team. Not only did the Indianapolis-based squad endure plenty of action during the Milwaukee 225 race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today, but they earned a top-10 result with Justin Wilson, pilot of the No. 22 Dad's Root Beer car, on Father's (Dad's) Day for the third consecutive year.
As the green flag dropped both Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga) and Justin Wilson (No. 22 Dad's Root Beer) were off to a very good beginning. The pair started 11th and 13th respectively and had a clean first lap. As the yellow came out on Lap 1, that didn't disrupt their rhythm as they immediately got into the groove on the Lap 7 restart. Both drivers were running a steady race, but as drivers started to jockey for position things began to change.
From the first re-start on, the race delivered plenty of action for the remainder of the race. Fortunately that didn't hold Justin Wilson back. He quickly proved that he knew the famed track well and soldiered through the starts and re-starts like a pro. All day long going back and forth in positions seemed to be a common occurrence, but the Brit stayed patient, hung in there and just worked on picking people off. The re-starts made it difficult to pass at times, but he had the car to help see him through. Wilson would pit on Laps 68, 126, 167 and 193 for fuel tires and to make minimal changes to the car. After the final pit stop Wilson filtered out to P11 and for the final re-start on Lap 205 he lost a few positions, but quickly earned them back passing Mike Conway and Ryan Briscoe to put him in 10th place. He was able to maintain that position for the remainder of the race, bringing the Dad's Root Beer car home with a top-10 result for the third consecutive year that Dad's Root Beer has been the primary livery on Father's (Dad's) day.
It was a similar story for rookie Ana Beatriz, who really impressed in the beginning as she gained positions and experience. After securing her best qualifying result of her IZOD IndyCar career, was just the confidence she needed. The Brazilian held her own and battled her way on the start and re-starts, but unfortunately traffic would cause issues for her. As she fought to keep her lap as Dario Franchitti was coming up behind her, she went a little too high and brushed the wall, which resulted in the yellow coming out on Lap 63. As a result, it bent her left rear tow-link and she had to come in on Lap 66 for repairs and for fuel and tires. She had to come back in on Lap 68 to continue repairs, causing her to go down two laps. From that point on it was a battle, but Beatriz soldiered through. On Lap 168 she made contact with James Jakes and had to come in to replace her front nose. That didn't hold her back and she brought the car home safely in 17th position.
What they have to say about the Milwaukee 225:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Dad's Root Beer: "The Dad's Root Beer car was pretty good. We were able to get out there and pass people. I was really happy with the changes that we made all through the race. I was hoping that we could finish a little bit higher with the car that good, but that's just how it goes. You get boxed in on those re-starts and you have a good car, but there is nothing you can do when you have nowhere to go. It's just part of it when you have someone ahead of you that checks up and you get held out. Other than that, I think that it's been a pretty good day."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "We had a great start and we got up to ninth or something. The Ipiranga car seemed to be good, but it was a little bit tough to stay in traffic and to work on passing people. I definitely couldn't work on passing people and that really destroyed our race today. We had people slow in front of us and we never could pass them and we lost momentum. I was trying to keep my lap because Dario Franchitti was behind me and as soon as I went a little bit higher I got in the dirty part of the track and brushed the wall. It hurt the suspension a little bit and we lost two laps because of that. It was really frustrating that we couldn't put it all together. I felt that some people were really blocking hard today which really screwed us up. We just need to keep working hard and move onto Iowa."