Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Endures Plenty Of Track Action At The Honda Indy Toronto
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing endured plenty of emotion and action during the Honda Indy Toronto. The team made their third appearance at the 1.75-mile street course, as it turned out to be a bittersweet day for DRR drivers, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs) and Ana Beatriz (No.24 Ipiranga).
Staying clear of all the mayhem was the name of the game, and that's exactly what Ana Beatriz did today as she earned her best result in IndyCar with an 11th place finish. As the green flag dropped, the Brazilian hung on and stayed out of trouble as the caution flag came out on Lap 2. She came into the pits on Lap 4 to top off on fuel and went back out to attack. On the Lap 6, restart Bia held on tight and diligently picked people off. She would pit again on Lap 32 for fuel and tires, but unfortunately the strategy would get a little bit mixed up for the rookie.
On the Lap 43 restart, someone hit Beatriz from behind, causing her to get a flat tire, and as a result, she had to pit again to replace the tire. Luckily, as the race played out, that didn't hinder Bia too much. As the yellows continued to unfold during the 85-lap event, Beatriz kept her nose clean and stayed out of trouble, bringing the No. 24 Ipiranga car home in 11th place.
It was a different story for Justin Wilson, who came extremely close to a podium finish. The Brit started the Honda Indy Toronto in 11th place. During the first stint the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car suffered from under-steer, causing tire wear and forcing him to pit early on Lap 23 for fuel, tires, and half a turn of front wing. Luckily, that strategy worked in Wilson's favor. On Lap 31, the yellow came out, and those that were in front of Justin had to pit, as a result, Justin filtered out to P3.
Wilson maintained that position through another yellow before passing Oriol Servia on Lap 44 for second place. He had his sights on Dario Franchitti, but yet another caution came out on Lap 48. Wilson pitted on Lap 49 bringing him out just behind Dario. He dropped back to 7th due to different pit strategies. When the green flag came out on Lap 52, Wilson passed three cars, moving him up to 4th. Unfortunately, on the Lap 76 restart, Wilson was involved in a five-car pile up after being hit hard from behind. He was able to get restarted, but had to limp back to pit lane. The Z-Line Designs crew got Justin back out as quickly as possible with a new wing and he set the fastest lap of the race (60.6386s) before finishing 15th and two laps down at the end.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be head back to Indianapolis for a weekend off and to prepare the cars for the Honda Edmonton Indy on July 24th. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the Honda Indy Toronto...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "It's really frustrating. We were racing hard and on that last restart we just got taken out. It's really disappointing. Oriol Servia and myself were racing hard and gave each other room and somebody else stuck their nose in there and pitched Oriol up into the air and took out five cars. It's really frustrating when you are that close to the end to have your day, that was a pretty decent day, be ruined by some bad driving. It's just how it goes. I think we take the positives out. We had a pretty quick car and managed to overtake some people and move forward and attack. The first two thirds of the race were a lot of fun. Now we just need to move on and we'll get them in Edmonton."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "This was definitely a crazy race. There were a lot of people doing stupid things and I tried to stay out of the mess as much as I could. The long runs for us were really good because we were pretty fast and I was happy and kept catching people. Unfortunately, on one of the restarts somebody hit us from behind and I had a flat tire and we had to pit. That messed us up a little bit on strategy, because I'm sure that we could have been better. I'm happy because this was my best result in IndyCar so far. This gives me more energy to move up and keep working hard."
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