Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Had Ups and Downs in Richmond Richmond, Virginia (June 27, 2009) -- The Suntrust Indy Challenge was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Richmond, Virginia today. The team's drivers, Tomas Scheckter...
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Had Ups and Downs in Richmond
Richmond, Virginia (June 27, 2009) -- The Suntrust Indy Challenge was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Richmond, Virginia today. The team's drivers, Tomas Scheckter (No. 23 MonaVie) and Mike Conway (No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing), finished 11th and 18th respectively.
As the green flag dropped, both drivers had a strong start. Scheckter and Conway stayed out of trouble as the yellow flag came out on the first lap. The South African went from 9th to 10th position on the restart. His teammate, Conway, dropped three spots going from 11th to 14th, but both drivers hung in there and ran a consistent race. On lap 29, Conway and Scheckter came in to pit for fuel and tires and had a good stop.
From that point on, it was smooth sailing for the duo. Unfortunately, things started to turn the other direction for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after the second stop. After running 13th for a majority of the race, Conway came in on lap 133, had a quick, good stop and, on lap 135, was racing side by side with Ed Carpenter. As he was running on the outside of Carpenter, he went too high, was caught up in the marbles on the straightaway and touched the wall as a result. It ended the Brit\"s debut performance early at Richmond International Raceway as he finished with an 18th position.
It was track position and traffic that held Scheckter back. The MonaVie car ran a solid race, but Scheckter had to pit under green on lap 134 and, as a result, went a lap down. The veteran driver just kept his nose to the grindstone and brought the No.23 MonaVie car home to an 11th place finish.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing heads back to Indianapolis as they will have two days to prepare the cars before heading to Watkins Glen.
What they had to say--
Tomas Scheckter, No. 23 MonaVie: "It was not as good of a day here in Richmond for the MonaVie crew as it was for us in Iowa. I didn't get as many people at the start as I wanted to. It was all about track position. I got stuck behind Marco Andretti and another car and that set us back a little bit, because it's all about track position at this track. The MonaVie crew did a great job with the pit stops. We really seemed to improve, and I just want to thank everybody. This is something that we can build off of and carry on into the next race."
Mike Conway, No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: "I caught the marbles and that was it. The guys did a great job on the No.24 car, and it's a shame I couldn't bring it home. Watkins Glen is right around the corner next weekend and I feel confident we will have a good result there.:
Dennis Reinbold, co-owner Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: "It wasn't the best day for us at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. We had pretty good race cars, but the field strung out quite far. Since there weren't many yellows and we didn't catch them right way, we went a lap down with a green flag pit stop. The leaders stayed out and caught a break with the yellow two times in a row. We fell back and couldn't do too much about it. Not a lot of passing was going on. It was tough racing out there, you just had to hang on to your position and fight for it. Mike got up into the marbles as he tried to make a pass on a slower car, but he slightly brushed the wall, which unfortunately ended our day.