Watkins Glen: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing race report

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHED 10TH AND 14TH AT THE CAMPING WORLD GP AT THE GLEN Watkins Glen, NY (July 4, 2010)- It was a day full of ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at the Camping World GP at the Glen. DRR pilots, Justin Wilson...

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHED 10TH AND 14TH AT THE CAMPING WORLD GP AT THE GLEN

Watkins Glen, NY (July 4, 2010)- It was a day full of ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at the Camping World GP at the Glen. DRR pilots, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs) and Paul Tracy (No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara), who started 6th and 12th respectively, would battle their way to the front all day long in round nine of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.

As the green flag dropped, both Wilson and Tracy had a flawless start and made it safely through the first lap. The first stint proved to be an exciting one for both DRR cars. Initially, Wilson gained a position and Tracy picked up four spots in the first two laps. By lap 10 Wilson was running in 4th position and Tracy was 9th, but both drivers started to lose grip, and fell back before pitting on lap 18.

On the first pit stop Wilson made the switch from the Firestone Firehawk Alternate (red-sidewall) tires to the Firestone Firehawk Primary (black-sidewall) tires. In addition, the team added more front wing, which lost them some time in the pits and as a result the Brit would lose more positions. He emerged in 13th place and at that point it was a battle the entire race. It was a similar story for Tracy as well. As the first stint came to an end, he would continue to fight under-steer. The Canadian came in the same time as Wilson and made the same adjustments to the car.

From that point on both drivers settled into a groove, but the two would fight balance issues for the remainder of the race. Luckily, that didn't hold them back as they continued to work their way up the grid. Both drivers came in two more times for fuel and tires and then to top off again in the end. Wilson and Tracy brought their cars home safely with Wilson finishing 10th and Tracy 14th.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will have a weekend off before heading to Toronto for the Honda Indy Toronto.

What they have to say:

Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: ""It was a lot of work to finish 10th today. Everybody on the Z-Line Designs car worked hard, but we were fighting all the way through just trying to make something happen. The Firestone reds were graining pretty badly during that first stint, but that was the gamble we made starting on them. Unfortunately we lost several more spots in that first pit-stop which put us on the back foot. After that we were just working hard to make those positions back and move forward. We were reasonably quick, but just had too much work to do. We're looking forward to Toronto now."

Paul Tracy, No. 24 Honda Indy Toronto / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Dallara: "It wasn't the day we were hoping for with the DRR/Honda Indy Toronto/ Motegi Wheels car, but we kept fighting at it all day and got the handling better on the car and ultimately ended up with a 14th place result. We had some issues in the race with the radio and not having communication at times, which made it difficult at times. Also, I think Justin struggled with the same thing as me which was the balance. It's not what we wanted, but we brought the car home and got some points and that's all that matters. I had a great time working with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and I hope that I get the opportunity to do it again and get to work with Robbie and Dennis and the rest of the team. Overall, it was a great group of guys and I would like to do some more."

-source: drr

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