EMOTIONAL DAY FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING AT THE HONDA INDY TORONTO Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 18, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of emotion and action during the Honda Indy Toronto. The team made their second appearance at...
EMOTIONAL DAY FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING AT THE HONDA INDY TORONTO
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 18, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of emotion and action during the Honda Indy Toronto. The team made their second appearance at the 1.75 mile street course. Unfortunately, it did not turn out the way the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs) and Tomas Scheckter (No.24 MonaVie), had hoped.
Wilson continued to amaze the crowd again today. Yesterday, the Englishman won the pole position, not only earning him his first IZOD IndyCar pole (his first pole in Toronto was in 2006 in Champ Car), but he gave DRR their second pole since 2002 with Sarah Fisher in Kentucky.
As the green flag dropped, Wilson had a good, clean start from the pole. He comfortably led the field until the caution came out on Lap 17. The Brit came in on Lap 18, but unfortunately, he lost three positions in the pits as he switched from the Firestone Firehawk Primary (black sidewall) tires to the Firestone Firehawk Alternate (red sidewall) tires and took a full fill of fuel. As he exited the pit lane, Wilson would emerge in sixth position. He immediately started to save fuel, and due to a combination of passing and pit stops Wilson would work his way up to 3rd position. As a result, he was able to go a lap longer than Dario Franchitti and when he pitted on Lap 55, thanks to the amazing pit work by his No. 22 Z-Line Designs crew, he was not only able to beat Will Power out of the pits, but he was able to get out in front of Dario as well.
From that point, it was a matter of staying out of trouble and that's exactly what Wilson was doing. He managed to gain a considerable four-second gap over the next nine laps, and then, on Lap 66, the yellow would come out. On the Lap 72 restart, Wilson struggled for grip coming off of Turn 11 and Will Power passed him on the outside of Turn 1. He continued to struggle for grip and in Turn 8, Wilson lost control and spun. Luckily he was able to keep the engine running as was able to continue on. He dropped back to 12th position, but diligently picked people off and would bring the Z-Line Designs machine home in 7th position.
Although it wasn't the result Wilson or Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was hoping for, Justin earned a nomination for the Firestone "Tire-rific" Move of the Race" for his hard work of moving back up the grid. The $10,000 price is awarded after each IZOD IndyCar Series race to the driver best utilizing his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Wilson was nominated for his performance after he spun out of contention for the win. He picked up five positions in as many laps to finish seventh. Fans can vote for him this week at www.indycar.com.
It was a similar story for Wilson's teammate, Scheckter. After a year of not competing on a road/street course, the South African made his second appearance to the Toronto circuit and had a very promising start. The main goal for Scheckter was to learn and get comfortable road-racing again.
On the first lap, the veteran driver went from 19th position to 17th place. He settled into a groove and saved fuel, before pitting on Lap 17 for fuel and tires. Scheckter continued to work his way up the grid and stayed out of trouble. Tomas came in again on Lap 53, and at one point, was running in 6th position. However, like last year, things started to turn for him on lap 74 when he made contact with Alex Tagliani in the tire barrier at Turn 1. Last year, he and Tagliani came together on Lap 75. It was almost carbon copy to this year, but fortunately both cars were able to continue. As a result Scheckter finished 15th.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head to straight to Edmonton for the 11th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series. The team will hit the pavement on July 25th for the Honda Indy Edmonton. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "As I went through Turn 7 I felt the car get sideways, so I got on the brakes, but I just locked the rears all the way through the brake zone and couldn't get them unlocked enough to make the corner. At first I thought I had a puncture on the left rear, but I think it was probably just pick-up from while we were running under caution - I hadn't cleaned the tires off enough before the restart. It's tough, everyone at DRR and the guys on the Z-Line Designs car deserve so much better than that. We've made such great strides this weekend and for that to happen while we're leading 15 laps from the end is so disappointing. I can't apologize enough and I just want to move on to Edmonton now."
Tomas Scheckter, No. 24 MonaVie: "The MonaVie car was really good during the race. We made some changes in the morning warm-up and it definitely helped. I think we had a good race pace, but unfortunately what happened at the end of the race wasn't what we were hoping for. We were running in the top-8 and we certainly had a top-6 car, but Alex Tagliani and I were fighting for the same real estate and got together. It's a shame, but overall we learned a lot this weekend."