DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED 11TH AND 17TH FOR THE IOWA CORN 250
Newton, IA (June 19, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing qualified for the Iowa Corn 250 in Newton, Iowa today. The team's drivers Justin Wilson (No. 22 Charter) and Graham Rahal (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer) qualified 11th and 17th respectively.
Wilson will be making his third appearance at Iowa Speedway this weekend as he qualified 11th for tomorrow's race. He recorded a four lap qualifying speed of 179.875 mph. In 2008, he made his first start at the .875-mile oval where he qualified 20th and finished in 12th place and in 2009 he started 10th and contact ended his day early.
The team announced last week that Graham Rahal would replace the injured Mike Conway. The American was the sensible choice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as he had a great showing at this year's Indianapolis 500 and has experience at Iowa Speedway. Also, he was the perfect fit to drive the team's Dad's Root Beer custom designed HOT WHEELS® car, which will be driven during the Iowa Corn 250 on Father's Day.
This will be Rahal's first time to drive for the team and his third time to compete at Iowa Speedway. In his previous two starts at the track he started 10th and finished 11th. After struggling with under-steer for most of the day, the American will start 17th tomorrow after recording an average qualifying speed of 178.312 mph.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the Iowa Corn 250 in Newton, Iowa on June 20th. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, June 20th at 1:30 pm (ET) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 211. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the Iowa Corn 250:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Charter: "The Charter Communications car was good in qualifying and I was hoping for a better starting position as I was quicker in both practice sessions. I think I can be aggressive in the race tomorrow if we get the set-up right depending on the weather conditions. I'm looking forward to it."
Graham Rahal, No. 24 Dad's Root Beer: "Today we struggled with some under-steer, so for qualifying we made a pretty big change and unfortunately it put the Dad's Root Beer car a little bit too on edge. The first couple of laps hurt us the most, but the end laps were right on par with some of the faster guys which is what would have put us up closer to the top-ten. Unfortunately, we lost a bunch of speed initially. For tomorrow, we just have to go back and think about what the best plan is and what the best way to move forward is. I think we have some ideas that we are going to bounce off of each other and I think we have a pretty good race car, so we should be alright."