DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED 6TH AND 12TH FOR THE CAMPING WORLD GP AT THE GLEN Watkins Glen, NY (July 3, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing proved that they were ready to continue their success on road/street courses as they qualified 6th and...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED 6TH AND 12TH FOR THE CAMPING WORLD GP AT THE GLEN
Watkins Glen, NY (July 3, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing proved that they were ready to continue their success on road/street courses as they qualified 6th and 12th for tomorrow's race. Justin Wilson, pilot of the No.22 Z-Line Designs machine, qualified sixth for the Camping World GP at the Glen, making it the fifth time this season that the team has made it into the Firestone Fast Six. His teammate, Paul Tracy, pilot of the No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara entry, will start 12th for tomorrow's event.
Wilson continued to show his blistering speed today. The Briton didn't hold back as he came on strong during qualifying. Wilson made his third qualifying attempt at the Watkins Glen circuit and battled his way through the sessions and made it to the Firestone Fast Six for the fourth time this season. The defending Camping World GP at the Glen race champion had saved a set of Firestone Firehawk Alternate (red-sidewall) tires for the end, but unfortunately he couldn't get the amount of speed he needed to get pole. The veteran recorded a time of 1:30.2667 (134.402 mph), giving him a 6th place starting position.
To note, 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. Today makes a total of 14 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.
Paul Tracy had a good solid day in qualifying. The Canadian diligently chipped away all weekend and finally found the right pieces to make it into the fast twelve. Unfortunately, like Wilson, Tracy needed a little more to nudge into the Firestone Fast Six. The veteran driver will start 12th (1:30.8414, 133.551 mph) on the grid for tomorrow's race. Last year marked the first time for Tracy to compete at the 3.4 mile circuit where he started 14th and finished 20th due to contact.
What they have to say:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "The Z-Line Designs car was good today and I'm happy to be in the Firestone Fast Six. I was pushing it as hard as I could but I just didn't have the grip I wanted. There was some sand on the track late in the session and I had a moment where the car completely got away from me so I'm happy to bring it home in one piece. I can't wait to get into the car tomorrow and defend my win here."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara: "We made huge improvements with the DRR/Honda Indy Toronto/ Motegi Wheels car. I'm pretty happy. Last practice session we were P20 and I wasn't feeling that great about it. Yves, my engineer, and I made big a jump in qualifying and we were able to advance into the fast 12. We wanted to improve on that, but we basically went a little bit quicker but not enough to go 8th, 9th or 10th, and we ended up 12th, but we are pretty happy with that. Obviously, we would've like to be a little further up, but if we could get a top-ten result tomorrow we will be happy with that."
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