DREYER & REINBOLD RACING SIGNS GRAHAM RAHAL TO PILOT THE NO. 24 DAD'S ROOT BEER CUSTOM DESIGNED HOT WHEELS® IZOD INDYCAR AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
Indianapolis, IN (June 10, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that American driver, Graham Rahal, will replace the injured Mike Conway next weekend. He will drive the team's No. 24 Dad's Root Beer custom designed HOT WHEELS® entry for the Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway.
During the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing pilot, Mike Conway, was involved in a horrific crash. With one lap to go, the Brit collided with Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had slowed to conserve fuel in order to finish the race. Unfortunately, due to the varying speeds between the two cars, Conway's machine launched into the catch-fence and disintegrated as it ran along the track. As a result, Mike was transported via helicopter to Methodist hospital where he was released last Friday. He had surgery that night to repair fractures to his lower left leg. Additionally, Conway has a compression fracture of one of his thoracic vertebrae and was fitted for a back brace, which he will wear for three months and will prevent him from racing. He is in excellent spirits and is on track to a speedy recovery.
While Conway is out of the seat, Rahal will step in to replace him next weekend. The American was the sensible choice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as he had a great showing at this year's Indianapolis 500 and has experience at Iowa Speedway. Also, he was the perfect fit to drive the team's Dad's Root Beer custom designed HOT WHEELS® car, which will be driven during the Iowa Corn 250 on Father's Day.
This will mark Rahal's first time to drive for the team and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing couldn't be more excited to have him on board. "We are thrilled to have Graham drive for us this weekend. We obviously wish that Mike could be with us, but we just want him to have a quick recovery. Iowa will be big weekend for DRR as we unveil the Dad's Root Beer one-off paint scheme designed by HOT WHEELS® on Father's Day. Graham was a perfect fit and we couldn't be happier to have him behind the wheel," commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Robbie Buhl.
"Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has clearly done an impressive job this season and I really have to thank Robbie, Dennis, the team, and Dad's Root Beer for this opportunity to compete in Iowa. I also want to wish Mike Conway a quick recovery and hopefully we can bring home a good result for him. I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the Dad's Root Beer custom designed HOT WHEELS® No. 24 car and hopefully contribute more success to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," said Rahal.