Iowa: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing race report

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHED 9TH WITH RAHAL AT THE IOWA CORN 250 Newton, IA (June 20, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing had a day filled of ups and downs for the Iowa Corn 250 in Newton, Iowa today. The team's drivers Graham Rahal (No. 24 ...

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHED 9TH WITH RAHAL AT THE IOWA CORN 250

Newton, IA (June 20, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing had a day filled of ups and downs for the Iowa Corn 250 in Newton, Iowa today. The team's drivers Graham Rahal (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer) and Justin Wilson (No. 22 Charter) fought the twist and turns that the .875-mile oval sent their way and finished 9th and 24th respectively.

As the green flag dropped, both cars had a good start, but unfortunately, that would rapidly change on the first lap. Wilson suffered an early exit from the race when he got loose through Turn 3 and spun into the wall, collecting KV Racing's Mario Moraes on the way. Wilson made his third appearance at Iowa Speedway this weekend as he qualified 11th for the event. In 2008, he made his first start at the one-mile oval where he qualified 20th and finished in 12th place and in 2009 he started 10th and contact ended his day early.

This weekend marked the third time to compete at Iowa Speedway and the first time for Rahal to drive for the team and he did an excellent job. He started from 17th position and quickly worked his way up the grid. His first pit stop was flawless and then as it came time to pit again on lap 54 he was having some radio issues and was unable to pit with the leaders. As a result, he filtered up to the front and would take the lead on lap 56. The American led for a couple of laps, but had to relinquish the lead so that he could save fuel, needing a yellow to help him stay up front. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and he had to come in on lap 91 for fuel and tires, causing him to go two laps down. On lap 92 the yellow came out and it made it difficult for Rahal to play catch up.

As the race continued Rahal would battle some under-steer, but all in all his car was especially quick. He had a strong last pit stop on lap 177 and he was able to fight his way up to the top. He brought the Dad's Root Beer custom designed HOT WHEELS® car home safely in 9th position.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head home to turn the cars around before heading to Chicago for a two-day test.

What they have to say about the Iowa Corn 250:

Justin Wilson, No. 22 Charter: "It's very disappointing. Going into Turn 3, everything felt great, but I kind of got loaded up and felt the back start to move. I got off the throttle, but it was too late. It's obviously not how I wanted today to be and I feel sorry for everyone on the Charter car and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and also for Mario and his guys. He was an unfortunate bystander."

Graham Rahal, No. 24 Dad's Root Beer: "I think overall it was a pretty good day for the Dad's Root Beer guys. We went from the front to the back a couple of times and we got to lead a couple of laps. Unfortunately, we got off sequence and we were on really old tires as compared to the leaders, but I thought it was a good run for us. At the end, our car was really strong and it's a shame that we went a lap down, because I think if we hadn't have been we definitely had a car that could have contended. Our lap times at the finish were a lot quicker than the leaders. I'm very proud of the guys, they worked really hard and it was fun weekend."

-source: drr

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Series INDYCAR
Drivers Justin Wilson , Graham Rahal , Mario Moraes
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing