DREYER & REINBOLD RACING DRIVER JUSTIN WILSON EARNS SECOND PODIUM POSITION OF THE SEASON IN LONG BEACH Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's second start at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, proved to be a very ...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING DRIVER JUSTIN WILSON EARNS SECOND PODIUM POSITION OF THE SEASON IN LONG BEACH
Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's second start at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, proved to be a very successful visit. Justin Wilson, pilot of the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, not only earned the team their second podium finish of the season, but their best result as a team. This year marks Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 11th season in the IZOD IndyCar Series and today's result makes the first time that the team has earned two second-place positions in one season.
Wilson was quick right out of the box. He qualified third for today's event, making it his 13th top-six qualifying position on a road/street course since joining the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008. It also marked his seventh time to compete at the 1.968-mile circuit and equaled his best finish at the Long Beach track. He finished second in 2006.
As the green flag dropped the Sheffield, England native had a good, solid start. He settled into a groove and immediately began to save fuel. On lap 17, Wilson was able to pass Will Power, putting him in second position, where he would hold until the first pit-stop. He came in on lap 27 for fuel and tires. Wilson managed to save enough fuel during the second stint, but lapped traffic became a major issue for the Brit. He had to come in earlier than expected, on lap 53, when he made contact with Alex Lloyd. Wilson tried to get by, but Lloyd closed the door, and as a result it broke the No.22 car's front wing.
Luckily the Z-Line Designs crew was on their game and changed the front nose as well as filled it with fuel and put on tires. Wilson was able to get back out on track and he filtered back to fifth place. Fortunately he was able to work his way back up to third position as a much-needed full-course caution came out on lap 60. This allowed Wilson to save fuel and close the gap between race-leader Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power. On lap 67, the Brit made a beautiful pass on Will Power to regain second position. Wilson had just enough fuel to make it to the end, as he ran out on the cool down lap. He brought the car home in second place.
Mike Conway, pilot of the No. 24 TranSystems machine had an impressive run at the famed Long-Beach circuit. Last year he made his first appearance at the track and due to early contact he was unable to finish the race. His luck turned around this year. Despite qualifying 14th for today's event that didn't hold the 26-year old back. Conway had a clean start and quickly went into fuel save mode. On lap 28 he pitted for fuel and tires and thanks to the hard work of the No. 24 crew, he gained three positions in the pits. Conway would come in again for the final time on lap 59. He came out in 12th position and was able to pick a couple of people off. The Brit earned the team a top-10 result as he finished 10th for today's race.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head back to their Indianapolis headquarters and have a weekend off before heading to Kansas for the first oval event of the year. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "Overall, I'm pleased with my second podium of the season. The Z-Line Designs car was working perfectly in the race, but I got caught up by Alex Lloyd who was a lap down and he clipped my front wing which forced us to pit. My crew did an excellent job replacing the wing and got me out in third place. I really had fun passing Will Power for position to re-take second place. I'm looking forward to our first oval in Kansas in a couple of weeks."
Mike Conway, No. 24 TranSystems: "The car was fine and most of the race we were just saving fuel, and trying to get a few extra laps on people so that we could jump them in pit lane. Each time we were able to do that and move forward, but because of the lack of yellows it didn't really make for an exciting race and everyone was just trying to save fuel on every stint. At the end we found ourselves in P10. We were able to gain one more position as we passed Dario (Franchitti), and after that it was hard to pass anyone because everyone around me was on the red Firestone Firehawk Alternate tires. We did as much as we could have done today. The times were good and we were able to save enough fuel. I just have to give a big thanks to my crew. They did a great job on the pit-stops and everything seemed to work alright for us today."