DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY TO KICK-OFF 2011 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES SEASON IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
St. Petersburg, FL (March 24, 2011)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is ready to roll and get back on track for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series opener in St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend. After a long and productive off-season the team is set to hit the Florida streets with veteran Justin Wilson (No. 22 TranSystems) and rookie Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga).
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 last week to prove they were ready for the job at hand. This weekend will mark the 7th time for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in St. Pete and they are ready to visit victory lane.
Prepared to settle some unfinished business this weekend is team veteran, Justin Wilson. The Briton was close to reaching the top step of the podium in St. Pete last year and he's hoping 2011 is his chance. Wilson has had a number of successes at the 1.80-mile famed street course. Last year he started 4th and fought Will Power to the bitter end as he brought the car home in 2nd place, making it the team's best finish since they won at Walt Disney World Speedway with Robbie Buhl in 2000. In 2009, he started second, led 52 laps, and finished in third position on the podium, and in 2008, he started third and finished 9th.
As he ventures on his quest for victory in St. Pete, Wilson will pilot the No. 22 TranSystems primary livery this weekend for the first time in his career with DRR. TranSystems is a global engineering ﬁrm focused on delivering solutions across the entire transportation world. To achieve this, TranSystems consulting services span all modes, including architectural, engineering and planning, management and supply chain, transportation security and transportation real estate consulting services.
Making her IZOD IndyCar Series debut as a full-time driver is Brazilian, Ana Beatriz, who will be driving the No. 24 Ipiranga machine. It was announced just two weeks ago that she would pilot the second DRR machine for the 2011 season. Although Bia will be classified as a rookie this year, she has already established roots with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Last season, the 26-year old made her IndyCar debut with the team at her home race in Brazil where she became the first Brazilian female driver to ever compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and was the highest finishing rookie and female driver in the event. Bia also competed with DRR at the Indianapolis 500, Chicagoland Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. While this will be her first time to race in St. Pete in the top-level of the sport she does have prior experience at the circuit as she ran in the Firestone Indy Lights Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2008 and 2009.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 27th. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, March 27th at 12:30 pm (ET) on ABC. 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 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 TranSystems:"I'm looking forward to St. Pete. I've always been strong there in the past, so I think it will be good to go back. I think we have a lot of information that we will want to use. I'm hoping that we can be competitive all weekend. We've done all the preparation necessary and now it's just time to see how it plays out."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga:"I'm very much looking forward to St. Pete. We had some tests in the off-season to get us up to speed again. I know the track and we did good in the Firestone Indy Lights, so hopefully we can get some fast laps and good results in the race. It's been a year since I've been on the road/street courses so I kind of struggled a little bit to start with, but I always like improving and every time I get back in the car I go a little bit faster. The tests helped to get my confidence back and St. Pete should be good."