DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY TO CONTINUE THEIR SUCCESS AT WATKINS GLEN Indianapolis, IN (June 29, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is eager to get back on a road course and continue their success at the famous Watkins Glen International track.
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY TO CONTINUE THEIR SUCCESS AT WATKINS GLEN
Indianapolis, IN (June 29, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is eager to get back on a road course and continue their success at the famous Watkins Glen International track. This will mark the team's sixth time to compete at the 3.4 mile circuit and who better to do it with than road racing pro, Justin Wilson, who will pilot the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, and newcomer to DRR, Paul Tracy, who will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara entry.
The famed road course has been good to DRR for the past four years. They have had one car in the top six in each of the last four races at the track. Last year Mike Conway started sixth and finished sixth, making it his first time to qualify in the Firestone Fast Six and to finish in the top-6. In 2006, Ryan Briscoe gave the team a podium result with a third place finish.
Justin Wilson is ready to get back to familiar ground. The veteran has had a lot of success at the famed Watkins Glen International track and is prepared to be one of the one's to beat this weekend. For the past two events at the circuit, the Englishman has started on the front row. He has competed at Watkins Glen International from 2008-2009. His best finish was last year when he won his second IZOD IndyCar race, making it his second road/street course victory. In 2008 he started 2nd and his day was ended early due to a mechanical failure, leaving him with a 25th place finish.
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 a 2nd place finish for the organization in St. Petersburg, Florida and in Long Beach, California. The Barber, Alabama event, marked the second time that he has not made it into the Firestone Fast Six as he qualified 11th for the inaugural event, but brought the car home in 7th position. 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). Wilson has also qualified in every Firestone Fast Six since 2008, except for two (2009 -Edmonton and 2010-Barber), which makes a total of 13 Firestone Fast Six Qualifying sessions he has advanced to. So far this season he is on the same roll, as he started 3rd in Brazil, 4th in St. Petersburg and 3rd in Long Beach. On road and street courses, he has qualified in the top-5 nine times. Heading into the ninth round this weekend, Wilson currently sits 8th in points in the championship.
It was announced last week that Canadian driver, Paul Tracy, will join DRR for the first time and replace the injured Mike Conway this weekend. He will drive the team's No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara entry for the Camping World GP at The Glen. Tracy was the sensible choice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as not only does he have experience at the famed track, over his entire career, he has competed in 270 Indy car-type events.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, will be making his ninth IZOD IndyCar start and his second start at Watkins Glen International. Last year, he started 14th and finished 20th due to contact. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing with 31 career victories. This weekend the Canadian native will be sponsored by Honda Indy Toronto and wheel manufacturer Motegi Racing for the famed event.
Now in his 20th season, Tracy has made himself one of the top drivers in open-wheel racing. He 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 270 starts (262 in Champ Car and eight 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 ninth round of the IZOD IndyCar Series in Watkins Glen, New York. The Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen will be live on ABC.
What they have to say^a
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "I'm really looking forward to Watkins Glen this weekend. I love the track and I have a lot of great memories from the race there last year. I just want kick-start the season exactly the same way that we did last year. This is a good track for myself as well as for the team. I remember last year when Mike Conway pushed me all of the way throughout the race. Hopefully we can go out there and be quick the whole weekend and stick the Z-Line Designs car on pole and get our first victory of 2010."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara: "Last year was my first time to race at Watkins Glen. I'm excited to come back with some more track experience at the Glen. I really enjoy the circuit. It's an extremely fast track. I've always watched the race on TV, but TV doesn't do the track justice. You can't really appreciate the elevation changes and the fast, flowing corners when you watch it on television. It's definitely a tough track and I look forward to racing there again. It will also be great to be able to work with entire team and engineers. Justin is obviously the man to beat going into this race and I look forward to working with him. This will be the first time that we have worked together and I hope that I can help him and the team get a race win this weekend."