DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY FOR TWIN RING MOTEGI Indianapolis, Indiana (September 14, 2010) - After a needed two-week break, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is rejuvenated and ready for the Japan Indy 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit this weekend.
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY FOR TWIN RING MOTEGI
Indianapolis, Indiana (September 14, 2010) - After a needed two-week break, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is rejuvenated and ready for the Japan Indy 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit this weekend. This will mark Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's eighth time to compete at the 1.5-mile oval, and who better to do it with than two racing pros, Paul Tracy who will pilot the No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels machine, and Justin Wilson who will get behind the wheel of the No. 22 Kona Deep car.
DRR had another successful result at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago when Justin Wilson and Paul Tracy earned the team 11th and 12th place finishes. The positive outcome helps the team as they head to Japan for the 16th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. DRR's best finish at the track is 10th in 2003, 2007 and 2008. Buddy Rice finished in 10th for the team in both 2007 and 2008.
After two successful runs at Chicago and Kentucky, Justin Wilson is ready to tackle Twin Ring Motegi. This weekend will be the Brit's second time to compete at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 2009, he started ninth and finished twelfth in his first start at this track. Since joining the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008, Wilson has recorded seven top-10 finishes (2008: Kansas-9th, Milwaukee-7th, Richmond-7th, 2009: Chicagoland-10th, Homestead-10th, 2010: Indianapolis-7th, Chicago--7th) on ovals. He has led on an oval twice, (2008--Kansas led for five laps, 2010--Indianapolis 500--led for 11 laps). Wilson's best qualifying position on an oval was 8th position at Kentucky in 2009.
Earlier this season, Wilson earned DRR's best result since team co-owner, Robbie Buhl, won in 2000 at Walt Disney World Speedway as he came home with 2nd place finishes for the organization in St. Petersburg, Florida and in Long Beach, California. Long Beach marked his seventh career top-five finish, all have been on street/road courses. He started competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008 and since then he has won on a street course (2008 Belle Isle) and a road course (2009 Watkins Glen). Since 2008, Wilson has advanced to 15 Firestone Fast Six qualifying sessions. Out of those sessions, he has qualified in the top-5 ten times. So far this season, he has started 3rd in Brazil, 4th in St. Petersburg, 3rd in Long Beach, 6th in Watkins Glen, and 1st in Toronto.
It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Canadian driver, Paul Tracy, will join DRR for the third time this season and replace the injured Mike Conway this weekend. He will drive the team's No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels entry for the Indy Japan 300. Tracy was the sensible choice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as not only does he have experience on ovals, but over his entire career he has competed in 273 Indy car-type events.
Tracy is ready to conquer his unfinished business at Twin Ring Motegi. In 2002, when he was the pilot of the Team Green machine, Tracy started 3rd and was leading the race, but with laps to go he had a mechanical failure. The Canadian drove in five CART races at the track from 1998-2002. He had two top-10 finishes with a best of fifth in 1998. Tracy has led a total of 42 laps at the track and his best start was third in 2002. After a strong weekend in Kentucky, the Canadian is completely prepared to finish what he started seven years ago.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, will be making his 11th IZOD IndyCar start. Two weeks ago marked the first time Tracy had raced on an oval since Milwaukee in May 2009. Now in his 20th season, Tracy has made himself one of the top drivers in open-wheel racing. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing with 31 career victories. Tracy is among the top-10 in almost every Champ Car career statistical category including wins, 31 (tied for seventh all-time), poles, 25 (ninth all-time), and laps led, 4,238 (sixth all-time).
Over the last 20 years, Tracy has earned 75 career podium performances, 102 top-five finishes and 144 top-10 showings in 273 starts (262 in Champ Car and eleven in IZOD IndyCar). In the 15 seasons in which Tracy has competed in over 80 percent of the races, he has finished in the top-10 in the championship standings 10 times including eight times in the top-five, four in the top-three and captured the championship in 2003.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track this weekend for the 16th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series in Japan. The race telecast will air live on Saturday, September 18th at 11:00 pm (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will also air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 212. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Kona Deep: "We are hoping for another strong result and to keep improving. The game plan is to qualify in the top-10 and I think that we can do it. Last year I qualified ninth. It's a tough track, but that's what I like about it. You really have to drive in two and four and it puts a lot of emphasis on getting a good set up and it's not all about being flat out."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels: "I'm excited to go back to Japan. It's been five years since I've been there and the last time I was there I was leading the race and we had a mechanical failure with the wheel bearing. I thought that we had a good race in Kentucky. The team's focus, and mine as well, is to build the momentum from the last race and I think we've done that and we're prepared for Japan. I have many fans in Japan and I can't wait to see some of the main people from Honda as well. It will be good to get back there and, hopefully, we can bring Motegi Racing Wheels and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing home a good result."