Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Rested And Ready For The 9th Round Of The 2011 Izod Indycar Series Season In Toronto
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is eager to get back to road/street courses and show everyone that they will be one of the team's to beat. This will mark Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's third time to compete in the Honda Indy Toronto. After a weekend off to rest and recoup, the team is set to hit the Toronto streets with 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.
The 1.75-mile temporary street course has been good to DRR for the past two years. They have had one car qualify in the top six in the last two races at the track. Last year the team set a track record and earned their first pole at the circuit with Justin Wilson, who led for 32-laps. Unfortunately, a late race spin caused Wilson to fall back positions, but he finished with a 7th place result. In 2009, Mike Conway started sixth and finished 22nd and Tomas Scheckter led for six laps before being eliminated from the race.
After the race in Iowa two weeks ago, Wilson flew home to the UK for the Justin Wilson PLC Annual General Meeting, where he had some time to rest before hitting the bumpy streets of Toronto. The Brit is fully prepared and ready to get back to familiar ground in Toronto and settle some unfinished business. The Canadian track is a circuit the Brit has frequented many times before. This will be his seventh year at the 1.75-mile temporary street circuit. Wilson competed in four Champ Car races at the track from 2004 to 2007. He won his first Champ Car race in 2005 at Toronto and led 10 laps after starting third. In 2006, he won the pole, led 10 laps and finished fourth. In 2009, as the IZOD IndyCar Series made the return to Toronto, he finished fifth after starting fourth.
Wilson quickly proved again last season that he knows the Toronto circuit like the back of his hand. Last year, Wilson amazed the crowd as he not only set a track record, but earned his first IZOD IndyCar career pole. The veteran driver led for 32 laps, but unfortunately, on the Lap 72 restart, Wilson struggled for grip coming off of Turn 11 and Will Power passed him on the outside of Turn 1. He continued to struggle for grip and in Turn 8, Wilson lost control and spun. Luckily he was able to keep the engine running as was able to continue on. He dropped back to 12th position, but diligently picked people off and would bring the Z-Line Designs machine home in 7th position.
Ana Beatriz will be making her second appearance to Toronto, but her first in the top level of the sport. In 2009, she made her first start at Toronto in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where she started 7th and finished 13th. The rookie's best finish on a road/street course was 13th at her debut IZOD IndyCar Series race at her home event in Brazil.
Beatriz will also be returning physically stronger to the road/street tracks. In April, the Brazilian sustained an injury at the season opener in St. Pete. Beatriz incurred the injury on the fifth lap in Turn 5 when she made contact with the No. 38 car driven by Graham Rahal. The Brazilian managed to soldier through the race as she advanced six positions and brought the car home in 14th place. As a result of the incident, she fractured her scaphoid bone (wrist) and had to have surgery to repair it and had to sit out of the race at Barber Motorsports Park. She was fitted for a special carbon fiber brace that she wore in the car for the remainder of the road and street course events. This weekend she will return to the bumpy Toronto circuit fully recovered and brace free.
By: dreyer & reinbold racing