Homestead: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing preview

DREYER & REINBOLD RACE PREVIEW: GAINSCO AUTO INSURANCE 300 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. -- The season-opening race of the 2008 IndyCar Series season is just days away, and on Tuesday, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's haulers have begun their journey to take...

DREYER & REINBOLD RACE PREVIEW: GAINSCO AUTO INSURANCE 300

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. -- The season-opening race of the 2008 IndyCar Series season is just days away, and on Tuesday, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's haulers have begun their journey to take the #15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara and the #23 CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara down to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for load-in on Thursday and practice on Friday.

The GAINSCO Auto Insurance 300 takes place Saturday night at 8 p.m. edt.

This is the eighth IndyCar Series event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and seventh year in a row that this event has kick-started the season.

The team's best finish in the brief history of this event has been 10th, accomplished twice.

Team co-owner Robbie Buhl achieved the feat in the 2004 event, and 2004 Indianapolis 500 Champion, Buddy Rice, also earned a 10th place finish in the 2007 race.

The best starting position the team has had was in 2002 when Buhl qualified seventh.

Though Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has had a car entered in this event for every visit the IndyCar Series has made, this is only the third time that the team has two cars entered in the event (other years were 2007 and 2003).

Among highlights for this weekend's race include the race-debut for driver Milka Duno with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as well as this event being the first race under the new, unified IndyCar Series.

For Duno, this event is extra special as she is currently a Miami resident.

In regards to unification, it has brought in several entries from the former Champ Car World Series and has increased the car count, as of Tuesday, to 26 entries for the race -- the largest field for an IndyCar Series event at the Homestead Miami Speedway since 2003.

Duno and Rice hit the track Thursday morning at 11:30 for an hour and 45 minutes for practice. The second practice will take place between four and five p.m. Qualifying takes place that evening at 6:30.

All times listed are in the Eastern Time zone. Each session can be viewed live via streaming video on the recently re-launched indycar.com.

Saturday night's race can be seen live and in high definition on ESPN2 while radio listeners can tune in to the IMS Radio Network (see local listings).

QUOTES

#15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver, Buddy Rice

"I'm excited to get going. It's been a long off-season. It's also been very productive for us. I think we're already ahead of where we were last year at this point. We learned a lot of things in testing, and I'm ready to get the season going and to put up some good finishes."

#23 CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver, Milka Duno

"I am so excited to race in my hometown with racing's most talented drivers. Not only is this historical for IndyCar Series and Champ Car World Series, but it is quite special for me as well. This season with CITGO is going to be unlike any other. I have so much coming up within the next couple of months and this is going to be the perfect kick-off."

Team Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold

"This off-season has involved a lot of hard work for us, but we're excited. As the days count down, we're continuing to get our list of things taken care of. With the off-season testing programs we've had over the winter along with the newly unified IndyCar Series, we're excited for our best season yet."

QUICK FACTS

On Thursday morning at 10, Rice will be visiting patients at the Miami Children's Hospital as a part of the Racing For Kids program. Children at the hospital will be able to see the Racing For Kids Showcar and will be presented with gifts and signed hero cards from Rice. More information can be found at www.racingforkids.org.

Duno has a childrens' book, Go, Milka, Go!, being released soon. She will also be appearing in Warner Bros. new movie, Speed Racer, a film based on the 1960s cartoon, set to be released in May.

Team co-owner Robbie Buhl will again serve double-duty as he will be a part of the ESPN2 broadcasting team as a commentator for the Indy Pro Series telecasts.

-credit: d&r

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