DREYER & REINBOLD RACING HAS A SUCCESSFUL QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 Indianapolis, IN (May 22, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing can leave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with their heads held high tonight. The team's drivers Mike...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING HAS A SUCCESSFUL QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Indianapolis, IN (May 22, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing can leave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with their heads held high tonight. The team's drivers Mike Conway (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer), Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs), Tomas Scheckter (No. 23 Mona Vie), and Ana Beatriz (No. 25 Ipiranga) all qualified in the top-24, securing them a starting position for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 and making Dreyer & Reinbold Racing the only four-plus car team to get all of their cars in the show.
It was smooth sailing for Wilson and Conway, who both only had to make one qualifying attempt to earn them strong positions for the race. Wilson was the quickest of the quartet and had a solid performance. The Brit will be making his third start and it will also be his best qualifying position for the Indianapolis 500 to date. Wilson recorded a 225.050 mph qualifying average to place him in 11th position.
Conway was the second of the DRR drivers to put a lap up on the board. This year will mark his second Indianapolis 500 attempt. He earned an average lap time of 224.583 mph and claimed the 15th spot in next Sunday's starting grid.
Like her teammates, rookie Ana Beatriz also turned heads. She quickly proved that she is no stranger to the famed 2.5-mile oval. Beatriz competed in the Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 event in 2008 and 2009. The Brazilian was the first to qualify for the team today. Unfortunately, her time was bumped out and she had to re-qualify, but she quickly secured the 21st position. Beatriz's average speed was 224.243 mph, making her the highest qualified rookie and female driver.
The day turned out okay for Tomas Scheckter as well. In the beginning, things looked grim. The South African made his first qualifying attempt that morning, but quickly waved the time. DRR rolled the No. 23 Mona Vie machine back to the garage and the crew diligently worked on the car. Luckily, DRR was able to get Scheckter back out with 15 minutes to spare. As a result, the 29 year old earned an average qualifying speed of 224.261 mph, putting him 20th on the grid for next week's race.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track tomorrow practicing their race set-ups as they prepare for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about qualifying for the Indianapolis 500:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "I'm really pleased with my team's performance today in the Z-Line Designs car. The changes my engineer Matt Curry made put me in the position to really to push it in qualifying trim. The car was on the edge a bit during my qualifying laps but it was the fastest it's been since we unloaded it from the transporter. Larry Curry said in a team meeting last week that the goal is to peak at the right time and he was right. I'm happy starting in 11th and now it's time to get the car into race trim. I want to congratulate my teammates at DRR for all qualifying in the top 24. Mike, Tomas and Ana did a terrific job today. My crew never gave up and I have to thank them for giving it their all as well."
Tomas Scheckter, No.23 Mona Vie: "We came out in the beginning and our first run was horrible and we went the wrong way on the front wing and we saw that in the set-up. Then it got really windy and people started crashing, so we waited to go back out. Matt and Larry Curry did a great job with putting the right set-up on the car and allowing me to do a good job on qualifying the car. They still won't tell me what they did to the car to make it go an extra mile and a half faster, which I didn't think it had in it, but it did. Overall, I'm very happy with everything and happy that the entire team could qualify and now we can focus on race set-ups."
Mike Conway, No. 24 Dad's Root Beer: "I think we have to be pretty happy. We had some good speed out there and we kept the lap times consistent and we stayed in the top-15 for qualifying which is kind of unexpected to get for qualifying and to achieve that is great. I have to thank Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and the Dad's Root Beer crew. They have been working really hard all month and we got the car where we wanted it in the end."
Ana Beatriz, No. 25 Ipiranga: "Today was great and I'm very happy. It was a crazy afternoon trying to get more speed with the car, but luckily we were able to get out there and do it. So far, I'm the fastest rookie and that's fantastic."