DREYER & REINBOLD RACING DEBUTS 2008 PROGRAM DURING OPEN TEST HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway where they took part in the IndyCar Series open test in preparations for the...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING DEBUTS 2008 PROGRAM DURING OPEN TEST
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway where they took part in the IndyCar Series open test in preparations for the upcoming 2008 racing season.
The test marked many special occasions for both DRR and the IndyCar Series.
Wednesday saw the official unification between the IndyCar Series and the Champ Car World Series as the leaders of both sides held a news conference to discuss the bringing together of the two racing series generating a large buzz and excitement throughout the paddock and sports world in general.
In addition to that excitement, for the DRR team specifically, it marked the beginning of the team's on-track relationship with new-comer Milka Duno and her #23 CITGO Racing Honda Dallara.
Along with Duno, Buddy Rice returned to the cockpit of his familiar #15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara.
Between the two, the pair completed more than 400 laps of testing on the 1.5-mile oval over the course of two days.
The test allowed both drivers and teams to re-acclimate themselves to the IndyCar Series machines after not having raced since last September. It provided a solid foundation for the team to build on in preparations for the first race of the season of March 29th.
A total of 16 drivers posted lap times in 17 cars. Rice posted the 12th fastest speed (210.708 mph) while Duno posted the 15th (209.152 mph).
The crew will spend Friday converting the IndyCar Series machines from an oval track setup to a road course configuration in preparations for their next test at the Sebring International Raceway on March 5th and 6th.
#15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver Buddy Rice
"I think it's good to just get back in the car and get into the swing of things. On the first night, we were pretty happy with how things went. We established a good baseline setup to work from with the car. A few gremlins hurt us a bit on the second night. We know how to address those things, and we'll have them taken care of by the time the race comes. Again, it's just nice to be out. I'm really excited about the news of unification. When we come back here, we'll probably have 10 to 12 more cars on the track with us. That should make things more exciting. I'm also happy to see that our program on the 1.5-mile ovals has picked up since last year. There's still more for us to gain, but we're ahead of where we were this time last year on these types of tracks."
#23 CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver Milka Duno
"I think the tests at Homestead-Miami Speedway were very positive, and I am learning so much from my new team. Fortunately, there is very good communication with the my engineer, Chris Finch, and team co-owner, Robbie Buhl, who brings 22 years of driving experience. They understand me immediately and know how to improve and make changes to the car to make it better each time. Also, a big help was my teammate, Buddy Rice. He was teaching me so many things. He also has a great spirit, and I was learning so much from him. I can't thank him enough."
Team Co-Owner, Robbie Buhl
"We're pretty happy with everything. We got to spend some time getting to know Milka. We all became familiar with each other, and we got some good miles out of her. It was all very productive. It was nice getting back into the swing of things."