IRL: Indy 500: First entries announced

DREYER & REINBOLD FILES FIRST INDY 500 ENTRIES FOR RICE, FISHER INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 8, 2007 -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing filed the first entries March 7 for the 91st Indianapolis 500, naming 2004 Indy winner Buddy Rice and fan...

DREYER & REINBOLD FILES FIRST INDY 500 ENTRIES FOR RICE, FISHER

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 8, 2007 -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing filed the first entries March 7 for the 91st Indianapolis 500, naming 2004 Indy winner Buddy Rice and fan favorite Sarah Fisher as drivers for its two entries.

The 91st Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, April 4.

Rice, from Phoenix, will drive the No. 15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup car entered. Fran Reilly is the chief mechanic.

Rice will attempt to make his fourth Indianapolis 500 start and his first with Dreyer & Reinbold, which he joined this year. He won the race from the pole in 2004, driving for Rahal Letterman Racing.

"It's always exciting going to Indy, especially with what I was able to do in the past," Rice said. "I'm back with a new team, and obviously with a different outlook and a different approach than what I've had in the past couple of years. My engineer (John Dick) this year is a past Indy 500-winning engineer, and because I'm a driver that has won, we know what it takes to get there."

Fisher, a native of Commercial Point, Ohio, will drive the No. 5 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup car entered. Andy O'Gara is the chief mechanic.

Three-time IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver Fisher will attempt to make her sixth Indianapolis 500 start and her first since 2004. Only Lyn St. James has made more Indy starts among female drivers, with seven. Fisher's best finish is 21st in 2004, with a best start of ninth in 2002.

"It's a big honor to be the first entry for the 91st running of the '500,' and I'm just happy to be back," Fisher said. "Having the privilege to compete in the Indy 500 is something you can never take for granted.

"I have an awesome teammate. We've worked together already really well, even outside the track on some karting stuff, so I'm really excited to be working with Buddy."

John O'Gara is the general manager of both entries. Indianapolis-based Dreyer & Reinbold will compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the seventh consecutive year.

"It is always an exciting day when you enter cars into the Indy 500," team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. "To be the first to enter means that we are excited and anxious to get started, so it is very appropriate for us as we look forward to 2007.

"I look forward to driving through the tunnel every day during the Month of May and looking around at the historic track, knowing that we have a unique opportunity to be a part of the history there."

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2007 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 91st Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2007.

Tickets can be purchased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Parking and camping permits for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" also can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Office.

-credit: ims

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