DREYER & REINBOLD RACING MOTIVATED FOR BARBER
Birmingham, AL (April 7, 2011) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is extremely motivated as they gear up for the second round of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. After a tough first race in St. Pete, where both DRR drivers sustained injuries, the team is ready to put that behind them and continue to show their competitiveness on the road/street courses. This will mark DRR's second time to compete at the 2.38-mile picturesque circuit. Road racing pros, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Charter), and Simon Pagenaud (No. 24 Ipiranga/Blazemaster), are ready to hit the track this weekend.
As the Indianapolis-based squad embarks on their 12th year of open-wheel competition, they have taken every opportunity to capitalize on making the most of the 2011 season. As a result, the team had a very successful test at Barber a couple of weeks ago to prove they were ready for the job at hand. Last year both DRR cars finished in the top ten (Wilson-7th, Conway-9th).
After a weekend off, team veteran, Justin Wilson is rejuvenated and ready to bring the No. 22 Charter machine to victory lane. Despite breaking his wrist at the season opener in St. Pete two weeks ago, the Briton is prepared to carry that determination into this weekend. He sustained a small fracture of a wrist bone and was fitted with a special carbon fiber brace. Wilson, who started sixth and finished 10th, was injured on a Lap 44 restart when his car and Tagliani's made contact. With a successful test at Barber just a couple of weeks ago, Justin feels completely prepared for Sunday's event. Last year he started 11th and finished in 7th place.
My wrist will be a factor and hopefully I will be fine.
As he ventures on his quest for victory at Barber Motorsports Park, Wilson will pilot the No. 22 Charter primary livery for the first time this season. Charter is a leading broadband communications company, and the nation's fourth-largest cable operator providing broadband entertainment and communications services that includes advanced Charter TVTM, Charter InternetTM access, and Charter PhoneTM to homes and businesses across 25 states.
Making his IZOD IndyCar Series debut is Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud, who will be filling in for the injured Ana Beatriz and will drive the No. 24 Ipiranga/Blazemaster car. It was announced on Wednesday that he would sub for the Brazilian who broke her wrist. Last Sunday, Beatriz incurred the injury on the fifth lap in Turn 5 when she made contact with the No. 38 car driven by Graham Rahal. The Brazilian managed to soldier through the race as she advanced six positions and brought the car home in 14th place. As a result of the incident, she fractured her scaphoid bone (wrist) and had to have surgery last week.
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It will be a great place to get my feet wet in an IZOD IndyCar and Barber Motorsports Park is a beautiful place to start.
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Charter: "I'm really looking forward to a new weekend. We have a lot of ideas that we took from the test and I think that we will be right on pace. Obviously, my wrist will be a factor and hopefully I will be fine. I have a brace, which helps a lot and we will just have to take the weekend a step at a time. I also have a new teammate this weekend, which I think will be good. Obviously, we wish Bia was back in the car this weekend, but I've broken that bone before and it's not fun. I think she made the right decision to sit out and let it heal. I hope that she has a speedy recovery."
Simon Pagenaud, No. 24 Ipiranga/Blazemaster on Bia:. "I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to drive Bia's No. 24 IndyCar this weekend. It's an awkward situation and not the best for a driver to race in circumstances like this, but I wish her the best and hope she has a very quick recovery and I will work hard for a good finish for DRR, Bia and Ipiranga/Blazemaster. I want to thank Dennis, Robbie and Larry for giving me the opportunity. I've been looking to get into IndyCar for several years and now is my chance, so I just have to say thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity,
Simon Pagenaud, No. 24 Ipiranga/Blazemaster on his approach for the weekend: "I think it will be pretty straight forward. I need to go to Barber with the approach to just learn and adapt. It will be a great place to get my feet wet in an IZOD IndyCar and Barber Motorsports Park is a beautiful place to start. I got some good advice from my mate Will Power and my main goal is to learn and just do my best."