Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Motegi Friday report

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing press release

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING COMPLETED FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN JAPAN

Giorgio Pantano
Giorgio Pantano

Photo by: Adriano Manocchia

Motegi, Japan (September 16, 2011) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing completed the first day of practice at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. This will mark DRR's ninth time to compete at the picturesque circuit, but the first on the 2.983-mile road course. DRR drivers Giorgio Pantano (No. 22 Kona Deep machine) and Ana Beatriz (No. 24 Ipiranga) worked diligently to get the cars pointed in the right direction.

The name of the game was to learn the circuit and that's exactly what Giorgio Pantano did. Today's session was all about getting the No. 22 Kona Deep machine comfortable and work on areas to get it just right. Unfortunately, it wasn't the direction the team was hoping to go in and DRR will work diligently on the car overnight. Pantano was 21st fastest during practice with a time of 1:40.9659.

It was a similar story for Pantano's teammate, Beatriz. Today didn't go according to plan for the Brazilian, as she tried out the circuit for the first time. The No. 24 Ipiranga crew will look over the data tonight and search for a new and improved path for tomorrow. Beatriz was 26th quickest in the session with a time of 1:41.4711.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the Indy Japan: The Final At Motegi in Motegi Japan on September 17th. The race telecast will air live on Saturday, September 17th at 11:30 pm (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 94, and Sirius channel 212.

What they have to say...

Giorgio Pantano, No. 22 Kona Deep: "We didn't quite get it right today. We just need to work on a lot of things over night and try to get the car more comfortable. At the moment we are kind of far away, and we just need to keep working on it and hopefully we will be there in the morning."

Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "This track is beautiful and I love it, but unfortunately we just weren't fast enough. We need to work hard for tomorrow because I think we are missing something, but we will keep working on it.

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Tags beatriz, dreyer, honda, motegi, pantano