Toronto: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing race report

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Endures Plenty of Track Action at the Honda Indy Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 12, 2009) -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of action during the Honda Indy Toronto. The team and drivers made their debut...

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Endures Plenty of Track Action at the Honda Indy Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 12, 2009) -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of action during the Honda Indy Toronto. The team and drivers made their debut performance at the 1.75 mile street course. Unfortunately, it did not turn out the way the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers, Mike Conway (No. 24 Valspar) and Tomas Scheckter (No.23 MonaVie), had hoped.

Conway showed that he had blistering speed during qualifying and started 6th, marking the first time he has made it into the fast six as well as making it his best qualifying result of the season. The Brit got off to a great start gaining a position right off of the bat. He continued to move up the grid and had solid pit stops on laps 8 and 31. Unfortunately, on lap 33, Conway's luck changed when he made contact with the outside retaining wall in turn seven while battling Tracy for ninth place. He was able to drive the car back to pit lane, but his car sustained considerable damage to the differential and he was unable to get back out.

It was a similar story for Conway's teammate, Scheckter. The South African made his debut to the Toronto circuit and had a very promising start. On the first lap, the veteran driver went from 14th position to 11th place. He managed to work his way up and, at one point, was running in first position. Scheckter had impressive pit stops on laps 10 and 41. However, things started to turn for him on lap 75 when he made contact with Mario Moraes and Alex Tagliani, which ended his day early.

The Indianapolis based squad will head back home to Indianapolis for a weekend off. The team will hit the pavement on July 26th for the Rexall Edmonton Indy.

What they have to say--

Mike Conway, No. 24 Valspar: "We were running strong and the pace was pretty good. It felt easy to stay with the guys in front of me. I also had a good in and out lap and managed to pull ahead of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, and gained some spots. I made a little mistake just on traction coming out of turn three and it really called me out. I touched the wall on the inside and it flicked me to the other side. I'm really disappointed and I feel really sorry for all the guys on the No. 24 Valspar car. They worked hard all weekend and deserved a good result."

Tomas Scheckter, No.23 MonaVie: "We ran really well and led some laps. It was a great job by everyone on the MonaVie crew and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. They put a lot of effort into this. For being my first street course in a year and to lead some laps was good. It's just unfortunate to go out that way. I think we were seventh. We were just around some of the wrong people at the wrong time and got together with them. We are just going to go away and learn from the positives and try for a better result in Edmonton."

Dennis Reinbold, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner: "We were running strong and Mike did a great job and got around a couple of people early in the race to move up to fourth. Some guys came in early and we were watching their lap times early and I decided to bring Mike in. We came out either second or so. Mike was trying to get around Paul and there was not a lot of room out there. He caught the inside wall and that launched him to the outside wall, and that was it. I think our car could have potentially won the race. We had a very strong car. Mike was doing very consistent lap times and was one of the fastest guys out there. It's pretty disappointing. For Tomas to get punted out of the race in the end was unfortunate because he would have had a top five finish. It's pretty disappointing overall because our cars were quick."

-credit: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Mike Conway , Mario Moraes
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing