Dreyer & Reinbold Racing press release
BITTERSWEET DAY FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING IN KENTUCKY; TOWNSEND BELL FINSIHED 11TH
Sparta, Kentucky (October 2, 2011) -Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of emotion and action during the Kentucky Indy 300 in Sparta, Kentucky today. The team made their 11th appearance at the 1.5-mile oval as it turned out to be a bittersweet day for DRR drivers, Townsend Bell (No. 22 Valsapr) and Ana Beatriz (No.24 Ipiranga).
Townsend Bell made his return to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing this weekend as he was filling in for the injured Justin Wilson. The California native didn't have the best qualifying result yesterday due to the constant change in weather and track conditions, but today definitely turned out the way the team had hoped. As the green flag dropped, Bell immediately went from 26th position to 15th. By Lap 20, he fell back a few positions, but just hung in there before the first pit stop. On Lap 50, Bell came in for fuel and tires and to make a few adjustments to the No. 22 Valspar machine.
The caution came out on Lap 79 and as a result, Bell was able to get his lap back that he had lost earlier on and he came in on Lap 84 for fuel and tires. As the green flag waved it was a matter of staying out of trouble and moving his way up the grid, and that's exactly what Bell did. The yellow came out on lap 166 and he was able to make up some more ground. Bell brought the car home in 11th place.
It was a different story for Bell's teammate, Ana Beatriz. The Brazilian was off to a great start. She went from 20th to 18th after the green flag dropped and Bia kept working her way up the grid. Unfortunately, things started to change a little bit. Beatriz came in on Lap 82 for fuel and tires. As she was exiting her pit box, she made contact with Will Power and had to change her nose before leaving the pits. As a result she lost two laps and filtered to the back of the field. Fortunately, two yellows came out and she was able to get her laps back.
From that point on she was working her way up the grid and making incredible time. Unfortunately, luck wasn't on her side today. On Lap 166, Beatriz got loose going into Turn 3 and made contact with the wall, which ended her day early. Bia finished the race in 24th position.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head home to Indianapolis where they will prepare their cars for the final race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say...
Townsend Bell, No. 22 Valspar:"I'm really proud of the Valspar crew. It was a great day for us. I went into this thinking let's get a good, solid result that we can be proud of and I think that we accomplished that today as we ran with the lead pack there in the end. They were two wide in front of me and it was really tough to make any moves, but I was really proud of coming from the back to an 11th place finish. Hopefully we can build on this and go to Vegas that much stronger."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "Today started out well and we passed some people. Unfortunately, on the first stop I had an incident with Will Power in the pits and it destroyed both of our races, but especially for Will with the championship. We had to change our nose and lost two laps because of that. We were recovering unbelievably well and the car was really fast. We used the wave around on the two yellows to recover the laps that we had lost and that put us back on the lead lap. It was great and we were moving up and I was passing a lot of people and the car was running really well. It's really unfortunate what happened in Turn 3. In Turn 3, I lost it and couldn't catch it. It wasn't our day and I'm really sorry for the guys. We were running very competitively and the plan is to continue that to Vegas and hopefully we will do really well there."