Indy 500: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Opening Day report

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING GETS FOUR DRIVERS ROLLING IN INDY PRACTICE INDIANAPOLIS -- The four Dreyer & Reinbold drivers made good progress with their respective cars Thursday during the opening round of practice for this year's ...


INDIANAPOLIS -- The four Dreyer & Reinbold drivers made good progress with their respective cars Thursday during the opening round of practice for this year's Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Wednesday's initial practice sessions were rained out.

John Andretti, Mike Conway, Milka Duno and Davey Hamilton waited for the early morning fog to lift before taking their mounts to the famed Brickyard oval, and the quartet worked closely with the DRR engineering staff to establish a solid "baseline" setup for the day.

Andretti, in the No. 43 Richard Petty Window World Honda Dallara, was the fastest of the four with a speed of 221.910 miles per hour in his 50 laps Thursday for 17th overall. Hamilton, in the No. 44 HP Kingdom Racing Honda Dallara, clocked a 221.624 m.p.h. and 19th among the 32 drivers on track. The Idaho driver took only 37 laps Thursday.

Rookie Conway, in the No. 24 Purex DRR Honda Dallara, was busy with 123 laps completed and a best speed of 220.646 m.p.h. with Duno, in the No. 23 CITGO DRR Honda Dallara, made 59 laps with a best of 219.745 m.p.h.

Conway's new mount was introduced today at the Speedway with Purex Complete 3-in-1 as the new primary sponsor for the No. 24 Honda-powered car this month at Indianapolis. Purex returns to the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team after many successful seasons with co-owner Robbie Buhl at the wheel.

Greg Tipsord, vice president and general manager of Henkel North America, was on hand Thursday for the announcement. Tipsord said the introduction of the new Purex 3-in-1 sheet could revolutionize the home cleaning industry with the use of a cleanser, a fabric softener and anti-static agent all in one application.

John Andretti, No. 43 Richard Petty Window World Honda Dallara:

"We are pecking at it and coming at from a different point of view than a lot of the other guys that have been with their race teams for a long time. At the end of the day we tried a couple of things and we are in the game. We are not in the top game, but we are in the back of the top game and hopefully tomorrow we can make a step to be more solidly in the top part of it and be a contender for the top eleven."

MIKE CONWAY, No. 24 Purex Dreyer& Reinbold Honda Dallara:

"Today was okay, similar to the first. We did quite a few laps today, like 115 or so. We are just building it bit by bit and make changes on the car and make sure we are learning all of the time. It was just a matter of getting use to the car and running in traffic. I didn't get loads of that, but I got an idea of towing people and how far you can be to receive the tow. Overall we are good. We just continue to learn. All four cars were learning from each other today, so we can go through that data tonight and put it all together for tomorrow. "

MILKA DUNO, No. 23 CITGO Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara:

"For our first time out today the CITGO car felt good and we had a very productive practice. We still have margin to make the car faster and get it to the way that we want it. It's the team's decision to take it little by little to get the car right and to get it consistently fast. Tomorrow our plan is to go fast and prepare for qualifying on Saturday."

DAVEY HAMILTON, No. 44 HP Kingdom Racing Honda Dallara:

"I'm really happy. We ran a decent speed in the end. At first I was a little disappointed in the speed and the setup that we had earlier in the day, so we came back and made some changes and now I'm really happy with where we are. We didn't want to make too many changes and risk it, so we are taking it step by step and I'm really happy with where we ended for today. Tomorrow we need to start trimming the car out for qualifying. I know it's going to be hard, but I think we have a shot at the top eleven."

DENNIS REINBOLD, co-owner Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:

"Mike Conway drove a lot laps today and was one of the busiest drivers out there. We tested a lot of different components and that way we could cross them off the list. He was the workhorse for the team today testing a lot of things and we learned a lot, which is really going to benefit the other three drivers as well. With Davey and John, we turned them loose on their own and toward the end of the day found something that was a pretty big gain for us. We are very confident that we have quite a bit more speed that we can come up with for tomorrow as well as for Saturday. Milka did a lot of laps and almost got to 220 m.p.h. We still have a lot we can trim out on her car and we know there is quite a bit of speed left there too."

-credit: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , John Andretti , Robbie Buhl , Davey Hamilton , Richard Petty , Mike Conway
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing