Great Day For Dreyer & Reinbold Racing In Edmonton; Justin Wilson Earns Top-5 Result And Ana Beatriz Finishes 13Th
Today was exactly what Dreyer & Reinbold Racing needed. The Indianapolis-based squad worked diligently during the 80-lap Edmonton Indy race and, as a result, executed perfectly. Justin Wilson, pilot of the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, who qualified 15th , finished with his best result of the season in 5th place. His teammate, Ana Beatriz, pilot of the No.24 Ipiranga car, started 23rd and earned another strong result with a 13th place finish.
For the first time this year, Justin Wilson had a trouble-free race, earning himself and the team their first top-5 result of the season. The Brit, who started in 15th place, steadily moved through the field, quickly picking people off. As the green flag waved, Wilson moved up to 14th and then the first yellow flag came out. On the Lap 5 re-start, the veteran driver gained three positions moving him up to 11th, and by Lap 8 he was 10th. From that point on, Wilson went into fuel save mode for the remainder of the first stint.
Another caution came out on Lap 25, forcing Justin and most of the field to pit earlier than planned. He came in on Lap 26 for fuel and to switch to the Firestone "red" Alternate tires. The race got back underway on Lap 29, and again, Wilson had another strong re-start, gaining another position, putting him in 9th place. He would then battle Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais, passing both, moving him up to 7th by Lap 32.
By the end of the second stint, Wilson was sitting in 2nd place when he finished the stint. He pitted for the second and final time on Lap 54. Once the pit-stops cycled through, Wilson filtered out to 6th position. The Brit hung on and kept Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan close in sight. Briscoe, who had made his second pit-stop earlier than the other cars, was forced to make a late-race stop for fuel and, as a result, Wilson moved up to 5th position. Unfortunately, in the last laps, he was unable to catch Kanaan, and brought the car home to his best result of the season, 5th place.
Today was a similar story for Ana Beatriz. The Brazilian can safely say that Canada has been good to her. As the IZOD IndyCar Series has made it to the halfway point, Bia has proved that she is graduating from rookie status, and she showed exactly that in Edmonton today. As the green flag dropped, Beatriz, who earned her best qualifying result on a road/street course yesterday with a 23rd starting position, had a clean start and stayed out of trouble. The caution came out on the first lap, and on Lap 3, Bia came in to top off on fuel. On the Lap 5 re-start, the rookie hung on and charged her way through the field and quickly picked people off. Another full course caution came out on Lap 25, which like her teammate, would force her to pit earlier than expected. As a result, Bia came in on Lap 26 for fuel and tires.
The second re-start caused things to get a little tricky for the Brazilian. On the Lap 29 re-start, Beatriz made contact with Charlie Kimball's right rear tire and she had to come in on Lap 30 to replace her front nose. Although she lost a little bit of ground, that didn't hinder Beatriz much, because she fought her way back up the grid. Bia came in for her last stop on Lap 54 for fuel and tires. As she reached the homestretch, the rookie proved that she is getting the hang of it and showed her true ability. In the last stint of the Edmonton Indy, Beatriz not only earned one of the fastest lap times of the race, she also passed a few more cars and brought the No. 24 Ipiranga machine home in 13th place.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head home to Indianapolis to prepare the cars for the next round at Mid-Ohio Sports car Course. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "I think the Z-Line Designs car was pretty good in the race today and we were able to dive down on the inside of a few people. I had a good battle with Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti, so I was quite pleased with that. We managed to stay out of trouble and no one hit my car for a change, so that's a bonus. I think we were finally able to show what we should have been showing all year. It wasn't our strongest performance, but it was our best result, so it feels good. The guys did a fantastic job and we can head into Mid-Ohio with our heads held high."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "I think that it was a good race. It didn't start the way we had hoped, but it ended really well. Unfortunately, I got involved in an incident on the second re-start in Turn 5 and broke my nose when we made contact with the right rear of Charlie Kimball's car. We had to stop to replace the nose and it took forever and the race was still green so we lost a lot of time. After that, we were right on pace and catching some people. We also clocked one of the fastest laps of the race, which was great. Overall, it was a good day and it keeps us confident to keep working and we're ready for Mid-Ohio. I would also like to thank the Ipiranga crew. They did a great job on all of the stops and changing my nose and we had a fast car."
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