Chevrolet announces Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as IRL development team.
DETROIT, Dec. 20, 2002 - Chevrolet's roster of development teams for next season's Indy Racing League competition is now complete with the announcement today that Dreyer & Reinbold Racing of Indianapolis will use the all-new Chevy Indy V8 in 2003.
"We are very pleased to add Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to Chevrolet's strong lineup of affiliated teams," said Joe Negri, GM Racing program manager. "We are delighted to renew our association with co-owners Robbie Buhl and Dennis Reinbold. Robbie scored both of his IRL victories and won the Indy Lights championship with GM engines, so we are well aware of his ability and his drive to win. We are gratified that this formidable team chose Chevrolet engines, and we welcome them back to the GM family."
Buhl, 39, drove GM's first-generation Indy car engine to victories in Orlando, Fla., in January 2000 and in Loudon, N.H. in August 1997. He won the 1992 Indy Lights championship with GM power, and set a series record with 27 top-three finishes in 50 races. As the national spokesperson for Racing For Kids, Buhl has visited more than 13,000 children in hospitals during his racing career.
"Chevy engines provide us with the reliability and competitiveness we need to win races and truly vie for the championship," said Buhl, who also owns a Chevrolet dealership. "We appreciate the confidence that Chevy has placed in us as a development team, and look forward to sharing data from our testing experiences."
"Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also brings a strong marketing presence to Chevrolet's IRL program with sponsorship from high-profile consumer brands such as Purex, Dial and Aventis," said Glenn Tayler, GM Racing IRL motorsports marketing manager. "Both Robbie and Dennis operate successful dealerships, so they have a deep understanding of the automotive business and the crucial role that motorsports plays in today's market. We look forward to pursuing future marketing opportunities with this very professional team."
"We're very excited to team up with Chevrolet and their championship legacy," said Dennis Reinbold. "Our agreement solidly wraps up Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's preparations for 2003, returning for our fifth year of association with Purex, Dial and Aventis, and provides us with a key component to winning races."
The team will use Dallara chassis powered by the 2003 version of Chevrolet's championship-winning Chevy Indy V8, the second new motor designed and developed in-house by GM Racing in two years. The 2003 Chevy Indy V8 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and employs advanced technology to produce 675 horsepower at the IRL-mandated 10,300 rpm rev limit. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will make its competition debut with Chevrolet power at the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 2, 2003.