DREYER & REINBOLD RACING WRAPS UP SEBRING OPEN TEST SEBRING, Fla. -- After a day and a half of testing and turning 273 laps at the Sebring International Raceway short circuit, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is ready to return its equipment and...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING WRAPS UP SEBRING OPEN TEST
SEBRING, Fla. -- After a day and a half of testing and turning 273 laps at the Sebring International Raceway short circuit, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is ready to return its equipment and personnel back to its headquarters in Indianapolis to make final tweaks and adjustments in preparation for the season-opening race just three weeks from now.
Speed was important on and off the track as teams scurried back to the transporters late in the day on Thursday as a major downpour showered the Sebring area ending the testing session about 45 minutes early.
Though drivers Buddy Rice and team newcomer Townsend Bell would have liked to have made an extra run or two, at the end of the day, they learned quite a bit about their respective cars and what changes need to be made to be competitive at the first non-oval event of the season at St. Petersburg on April 6th.
Milka Duno had a nice introduction to road racing in an IndyCar Series machine as she was the pilot of the #23 CITGO Honda Dallara during the half-day session on Wednesday. She turned 50 trouble-free laps and gained an invaluable amount of information about the braking power of the machines, the use of paddle shifting, and most importantly, the natural feel of maneuvering a high-horsepower machine around a twisty circuit.
Though this completes official pre-season testing for many of the IndyCar Series teams, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be plenty busy in the coming days as it prepares and assembles its final bits of hardware and makes final decisions in regards to its full season plans for 2008.
#15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver Buddy Rice
"I think we accomplished a lot of things. We're a lot further ahead of the curve than we were at this point last year. For our first road course test of the year for us, we had a lot of things to go through. When we get to St. Pete, we'll be able to work on out-right speed. I think we're close right now. I think we're pretty happy. We learned a lot of stuff over the winter, and it's translating right now so that's definitely a big plus."
#23 CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver Milka Duno
"For my 50 laps, my first time in the car on a road course, with everything being new with paddle shifting, learning how late the car can brake, and just getting used to everything, it was a good start. To be only two seconds behind my teammate, Buddy Rice, the car I have to compare with, it's okay. Without making too many changes on the car because my engineer, Chris (Finch), didn't want to make a lot of changes to improve the car, I was just focused on getting comfortable. He (Finch) wanted me to spend time just learning about the car. He made small changes so I could feel how the car would react in certain situations to prepare me more for another road course. Of course I want to go faster, but you have to analyze all the situations. Again, being my first time on a track like this in this car, I'm pretty happy."
#23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Driver Townsend Bell
"Good first day. The driver is a little rusty, but the Dreyer and Reinbold team is great. Everybody is enthusiastic and trying to keep improving. Today, I was able to test more than I ever have in the last few years. It's the most driving I've done in the last few years, in fact. I'm looking forward to my first race with the team. It should be fun."