Edmonton City Centre Airport runways
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Ready For Edmonton
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is more determined than ever to get a good result in Edmonton this weekend. The team is coming off of a bittersweet result in Toronto, and they can taste the win. This will mark Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's fourth time to Edmonton City Centre Airport, but the first time to race on the new track layout, and who better to do it with than DRR drivers, Justin Wilson, who will pilot the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, and Ana Beatriz, who will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Ipiranga car.
After a tough weekend in Toronto two weeks ago, Wilson spent time with his family in Denver as he had time to relax and train for the Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike Race in Colorado that he competed in last weekend. He was among the 747 competitors in the event and approximately 430 made it under the 8 hour time limit and Wilson finished 362nd. The out-and-back course took the racers primarily on dirt roads, first set by miners and their burros. Cyclists climbed almost 7,500 feet over the course of the day. After successfully completing the race, the Brit is fully prepared and ready to get back to familiar ground in Edmonton and settle some unfinished business.
Wilson is ready to finish what he has started in Canada and bring home a good result. This will be his seventh year at the Edmonton circuit, although 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.
A little rest and relaxation was exactly what the doctor ordered for Ana Beatriz. After earning her best IZOD IndyCar career result in Toronto, the Brazilian flew home to Brazil to spend some time with her family and chill before heading to Edmonton. She will be making her second appearance to Edmonton, but her first in the top level of the sport. In 2009, she made her first start at Edmonton in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where she started 10th and finished 12th.
Two weeks ago, the rookie earned her best career finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series in Toronto. Bia hung on and stayed out of trouble as the caution flag came out on Lap 2. She came into the pits on Lap 4 to top off on fuel and went back out to attack. On the Lap 6, re-start Bia held on tight and diligently picked people off. She would pit again on Lap 32 for fuel and tires, but unfortunately the strategy would get a little bit mixed up for the rookie. On the Lap 43 restart, someone hit Beatriz from behind, causing her to get a flat tire, and as a result she had to pit again to replace the tire. Luckily, as the race played out, that didn't hinder Bia too much. As the yellows continued to unfold during the 85-lap event, Beatriz kept her nose clean and stayed out of trouble and brought the No. 24 Ipiranga car home in 11th place.
What they have to say...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "It's a whole new track and it will be interesting trying to work that out and get the car setup there. I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's always fun going to a new track. It's a clean sheet of paper and I think it will be an interesting time. Edmonton is a great city as well, so it's always good to go and race there.
Justin Wilson, on competing in the Leadville 50 bike race: "It went ok. It was a lot of fun, but it was a lot of hard work. There were a lot of very fit, very tough and completely insane people living in Colorado that compete in that race. I'm really pleased that I did it and that I finished. I got a lot of cramping in my left leg early on in the race and it lasted the last 30 miles. At one point, I didn't think that I was going to be able to finish, but I managed to keep plugging along and make the finish. I was really happy about that. It took me 6 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds, which wasn't as quick as I would have liked, but with the cramping I still made it under the 8-hour cut-off which was the main goal. Now, I'm back into car racing mode and ready to focus on the future."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "It's going to be a different layout of the track, so we'll see. We will need to keep working and I need to continue to work on my driving on road courses, so that we can continue to impove. Our goal is just to keep improving and get a good result in Edmonton."
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