Birmingham: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing race report

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHES 7TH AND 9TH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA Birmingham, AL (April 11, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing finished in the top ten at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with another strong performance on a road...

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FINISHES 7TH AND 9TH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

Birmingham, AL (April 11, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing finished in the top ten at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with another strong performance on a road course. DRR pilots, Mike Conway (No. 24 Roll Coater) and Justin Wilson (No. 22 Charter Communications), who started 2nd and 11th respectively, would battle their way to the front all day long in round three of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

The inaugural event proved to be all about choosing the right strategy. Although the picturesque 17-turn, 2.38 mile road course was exactly the type of circuit that suited Conway and Wilson, it wasn't a track you could overtake on. For DRR, it was all about hanging in there and making the right move. As the green flag dropped, both Wilson and Conway made it through the first lap safely and quickly settled into a groove.

On lap 12, the yellow came out and strategy would play a huge part. Both cars pitted on lap 13. Conway put fuel in and switched from the red Firestone Firehawk Alternate tires. He had a great stop and nearly beat race leader, Will Power, out of the pits. Wilson came in and put another set of the black Firestone Firehawk tires on and fueled up as well. As both filtered into the pack, it was a matter of hanging in there.

DRR settled in again and everything seemed to be going smoothly for the team as both drivers continued to pick people off as best they could. Conway came in again for another great stop on lap 42 and put fuel in and switched back to the red Firestone Firehawk Alternate tires. Wilson came in on lap 43 for fuel and to put the red Firestone Firehawk Alternate tires on as well.

The duo continued to battle their way to the front and both made passes on lap 60. The two would come in for their final stop. Conway came in on lap 64 for fuel and tires and Wilson pitted on lap 65 for the same. At that point, it was still a matter of strategy for everyone. The track needed to stay green, but unfortunately, a yellow came out with five laps to go. That didn't keep the two from driving diligently. Both made the most of the traffic and soldiered through. Justin Wilson set the fastest lap of the race on lap 53 with a time of 72.7853 seconds as he passed Tony Kanaan for 7th position, and Conway brought the Roll Coater car home in 9th place.

The Indianapolis-based squad will head home to Indianapolis and prepare for the fourth round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

What they have to say about the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama^a

Justin Wilson, No. 22 Charter Communications: "I'm pretty happy with the result today for the Charter Communications car. Passing is very hard here, but I just steadily kept picking off positions. We pitted early in the race and it dropped us back a bit, but we never gave up working on the car to make it better and I'm pleased we posted the fastest lap of the race. I'm looking forward to Long Beach next week and hopefully we can move up in the points."

Mike Conway, No. 24 Roll Coater: "At the beginning, I got a good start and was following Will Power and trying to save fuel and look after the tires. We followed him on strategy and when we came out we were just stuck behind a big group of cars, which was a shame. We knew that it was going to be hard from then on and we were hoping for another yellow to help us out, but it never happened. It was a tough day and it was hard to pass people. I was able to make a couple of passes, but in the end it was getting pretty close between Justin and I and he was able to get by me. He seemed to be pretty quick. Overall, it was a good result and another set of points for both of us. We just need to keep pushing and I think when we get to Long Beach we will be pretty quick."

-source: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Tony Kanaan , Mike Conway , Will Power
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing