Tomas Scheckter Joins Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Milwaukee Indianapolis, IN (May 28, 2009)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that South African driver, Tomas Scheckter, will join the team's IndyCar Series effort at the fifth round in...
Tomas Scheckter Joins Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Milwaukee
Indianapolis, IN (May 28, 2009)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that South African driver, Tomas Scheckter, will join the team's IndyCar Series effort at the fifth round in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this weekend.
After an impressive run for Dale Coyne Racing at the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500, where he finished 12th, Scheckter proved he is ready to race more. He is currently slated to run the ABC Supply/ AJ Foyt 225 IndyCar Series Race with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, but the team is in discussions to do additional events.
"We are excited to have Tomas join our team. We have talked to him on a number of occasions about doing something together and this opportunity came up to pair him with Mike for the weekend. We feel like we are going in Milwaukee very strong as a team," commented Dennis Reinbold, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner.
The 28 year-old native of Cape Town, South Africa made his way up the racing ladder starting out in go-karts in South Africa and then going on to compete in various racing series in Europe from 1997-2001 driving in the British Formula Vauxhall Junior Series, the Formula Nissan Championship, won the Formula Opel Euroseries, and was runner-up in the British Formula 3 Championship. In 2002, Scheckter drove for Red Bull Cheever Racing, winning his first race from pole at Michigan. That year he also won MBNA pole awards at Texas, Kansas and Michigan and was named the Bank One co-Rookie of the year at the Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver finished career-best seventh in the IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, earning five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and won MBNA Pole Awards at Texas and Michigan. Scheckter competed for Panther Racing in 2004 and 2005. He finished ninth in IndyCar Series standings for Panther Racing, earning three pole positions (Homestead, Texas, and Nashville) and his second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2006, he competed for Vision Racing and finished 10th in the IndyCar Series, recording nine top-10 finishes overall. He ran for Vision Racing again in 2007 finishing 10th in the IndyCar Series and recording two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In 2008, Scheckter competed in six races for Luczo Dragon Racing.
"I'm really happy. I've been talking to Dennis and Larry Curry, who I have had a relationship with, for a while and we have been in and out of here a couple of times. For us to put this together is great and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be good working with some people that I have worked with before," stated Scheckter.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track this weekend for the fifth round of the IndyCar Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Mike Conway piloting the No. 24 Roll Coater entry and Tomas Scheckter behind the No. 23 Dreyer and Reinbold machine.