Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Had A Wild Ride In Texas
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing had a wild ride today for the new introduction of the twin races in the Firestone Twin 275s in Fort Worth, Texas. The Indianapolis-based squad endured plenty of action during the two 114 lap races. For both events, the three DRR drivers Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs), Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga) and Davey Hamilton (No. 11 HP) made it through both events safely.
In the first race, Wilson, who started 27th, gained positions, but unfortunately lapped traffic got in his way and didn't help him for the duration of the race. He came in for two stops, bringing the car home in 17th position. During the second race, Wilson drew the 30th spot on the grid and had to start at the back. He didn't let that deter him as he gradually picked people off, but unfortunately, he struggled with over-steer. Similar to the first event, he made two stops and finished the race in 21st position.
Ana Beatriz had an impressive run for her first appearance at Texas Motor Speedway. For the first event she qualified 24th and diligently worked hard to pick people off, but as the race progressed she lost overall grip. She finished the race in 22nd position. In the hour gap before the second event she drew the 15th position on the grid. In that same time frame the No. 24 Ipiranga crew fixed the issues on the car that she had in race one. Unfortunately, the team decided to go with an alternate strategy and the yellow that was needed didn't come out and she had to pit. As a result, Bia finished the second race in 22nd place.
Today proved to be a long night for Davey Hamilton. For his first time back to Texas Motor Speedway in nearly a decade, the Idaho native hung in there and just chipped away. The first race didn't exactly go the way he had hoped. After qualifying 18th for the event, he quickly dropped back as he struggled with some issues with the car. He fought through it and finished the race in 27th place. As it was time to draw for the second event, he found himself starting 24th for the second race. Fortunately, the No. 11 HP crew fixed some of the issues during the break, which helped the car for the second stint. Hamilton brought the car home in 25th position.