Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Qualified 15th And 23rd For The Edmonton Indy
Today was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Indianapolis-based squad worked diligently to get the cars just right, but unfortunately things didn't go exactly to plan. Justin Wilson, pilot of the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, qualified 15th for the Edmonton Indy. His teammate, Ana Beatriz, pilot of the No.24 Ipiranga car, will start 23rd for tomorrow's event.
Today's session didn't exactly go the way Justin Wilson had hoped. The Brit diligently chipped away all day and was working to find the right pieces to make it into the Firestone Fast Six today. Wilson was in the first group and was aiming to advance. DRR, along with other teams, waited for the track to grip up before they posted their first lap time. Unfortunately, the caution came out with five minutes left to go in the session. As a result, Wilson's track time was cut in half and his tire temperatures didn't come up in time and he was unable to advance to the Fast Twelve. Wilson will start 15th (1:19.0732 seconds, 119.326 mph) on the grid for tomorrow's race.
This will be Justin's seventh year at the Edmonton circuit, but his first on the new track layout. Previously, he had competed in all three Champ Car races at the track. In 2006, he won the race. He has finished no worse than fourth during the three Champ Car races he competed in. Wilson has led 29 laps in two of three Champ Car starts. In 2008, he finished 3rd and in 2009, he finished 8th. Last year, he started in 9th position, but unfortunately, things changed on Lap 36. Wilson spun in Turn 10 and had to come into the pits. The cause for the spin was the result of the right rear shock breaking. The No. 22 Z-Line Designs crew repaired the car and sent Wilson back out. Unfortunately, he had to come back in on Lap 39 as the car still did not feel right. The team repaired the car and sent Justin back out. Luckily, he was able to continue running the race but would go laps down and would fight to gain a couple of positions. Wilson finished 21st.
Ana Beatriz had a solid run in qualifying today. This weekend the Brazilian will be making her second appearance to Edmonton, but her first in the top level of the sport. She diligently worked to make it to the next session, but unfortunately on her fourth lap she spun and caused a yellow flag. As a result, Bia lost her fastest lap time and she was unable to advance to the Fast Twelve. The rookie will start 23rd (1:20.3224, 99.678 mph) for tomorrow's event. This weekend's effort marks her best qualifying result on a road/street course.
Two weeks ago, Beatriz earned her best IZOD IndyCar career result in Toronto with an 11th place result. In 2009, she made her first start at Edmonton in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where she started 7th and finished 13th.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the Edmonton Indy in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tomorrow. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 pm (ET) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 94, and Sirius channel 212. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "We shot ourselves in the foot big time. We were all trying to outsmart each other, waiting for the track grip to be at its peak when we were setting our fastest lap, but that didn't allow for a yellow. We struggled to get the tyres up to temperature so we weren't getting up to speed as quickly as we'd have liked in the short time available at the end and the car was a real handful. The Z-Line Designs car's pretty fast, so we'll see what we can make of it in the race tomorrow."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "On my fourth or fifth lap I drove my fastest lap. We were running fast and I was really charging the corners. I got loose and spun out. Everything was fine with the car, but my spin caused the yellow and we lost our fastest lap as a result and that really hurt us a lot. It's tough, but I'm happy for the team because it was our best performance on a road/street course. Now, we'll just focus on the race and hopefully we can have a good race car and we'll work hard for tomorrow."
By: dreyer & reinbold