Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Off to a Good Start for Practice in Long Beach
Long Beach, CA (April 17, 2009)- Today was a good start to the weekend for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as they had strong runs in both practice sessions for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The team's hard work in St.Petersburg paid off as both cars ran in the top ten most of the day.
Englishman, Mike Conway showed his speed right off the bat. Coming off a tough weekend in St.Petersburg two weeks ago, the 25 year-old proved that he had put all of that behind him and chalked it up to a learning experience. The rookie finished ninth (1:12. 0611) in the first session and fifth in the second session (1:10.9981). Earlier in the week, Conway flew to Boston to practice in the iRacing simulator, where he took the opportunity to learn the Long Beach circuit, as this is his first time to the track.
Darren Manning had a good solid day in practice. After getting the call two weeks ago to pilot the No. 23 machine, the Brit finally has the car and the brakes just the way he likes it and is ready to get the car setup right for qualifying and the race. He was 18th (1:13.4413) fastest in the first session and 13th (1:11.2441) quickest in the second session.
The Indianapolis based squad will be on track for tomorrow's practice at 10:25 a.m. PST and then again at 2:10 p.m. PST for qualifying of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
What they have to say...
Mike Conway: "It was good. We put on new tires and were hoping to have more grip that what we did. It's good to know we still have some more time. We are getting the car more of the way that I like it. We are finding more time on entry to corners. We are very happy with P5. We have just been making small changes and I think we will be good for qualifying tomorrow. It will be tough, but I think we will be okay."
Darren Manning: "We were airborne most of the way around the track. It's a difficult place to know what you have to change to make the car better. Experience is definitely a bonus here. We have definitely made the car better today. Throughout the session we were getting the brakes better, which we were learning from St.Petersburg. I'm really happy with them. Now, we can 100 percent concentrate on the setup of the car. Virtually every change we made we went faster. We didn't put new tires on the car that session. I'm pretty pleased with 13th. We were only seven tenths off. I hate giving excuses, but today's more reasons than excuses, and we have plenty of reasons to be happy."
Dennis Reinbold: "We had a really solid first day, where we were in the top ten most of the day with both cars, just out of it with Darren and fifth with Mike. This is a tough track and we are working on balance issues trying to keep getting better and pointing on getting the cars better for the shootout tomorrow."