2004 IRL IndyCar Preview: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Buhl enjoys Longevity with Team, Sponsor INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 -- Robbie Buhl says he got hooked on racing at age 7 when his father took him to the Indianapolis...
2004 IRL IndyCar Preview: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Buhl enjoys Longevity with Team, Sponsor
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 -- Robbie Buhl says he got hooked on racing at age 7 when his father took him to the Indianapolis 500.
Thirty-three years later, the attraction remains strong.
Buhl finished third in the IRL IndyCar Series® debut race at Walt Disney World Speedway in 1996. He's competed in 74 events since, and enters the 2004 IndyCar Series season as co-owner and driver of the No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.
Buhl begins his fourth season with Dryer & Reinbold Racing, and Purex is in its sixth season with Buhl, one of the longest and most prosperous sponsor-team relationships in the history of the series. Stability and consistency are crucial for teams and drivers -- on and off the track.
Buhl was running at the finish in 12 of the 16 races last season and had four top-10 finishes to rank 14th in the point standings. In fact, he has been running at the finish in 45 of his starts.
"We've been working hard every day since the end of last season to improve upon what we had and make ourselves better as a team," said Buhl, who has two victories in the IRL IndyCar Series but none since 2000. "By making sure we practice hard, and push our limits, we can make the most of our performance every time we hit the track. And I can tell you, we're up for the challenges in front of us."
Buhl was 12th quick in 345 laps at the Open Test on the reconfigured 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway layout in late January, but was limited to 54 laps in testing at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 11 after making contact with the Turn 2 wall on the first day.
Repairs were made to the car, and Buhl is ready to go racing for his ninth IRL season.
"Like everybody, we're excited to get the year going," he said. "Last year was a tough year for us, and we've done a lot changes at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to make sure that this will be a good year for our team and our sponsors, Purex and Aventis."
CAPSULE LOOK AT DREYER & REINBOLD RACING
Sponsors: Purex, Aventis
Car number: 24
Owners: Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl
Driver: Robbie Buhl
Team manager: John O'Gara
Crew chief: Brian Franzosi
Chief mechanic: Brian Franzosi
Engineer: Owen Snyder III
Dennis Reinbold: 'We're anxious to get out there and prove ourselves this year. We're starting out on even footing with the other teams, and we know that we can be a serious contender. We made some changes during the off-season, and everyone on the team has stepped it up a notch to meet our goals. Now, we get to put it all into practice and stay focused on our goals of getting onto the podium and into Victory Lane. "
Robbie Buhl: "The level of competitiveness in this league demands that each one of us give 110 percent every single day. We've got races being won by fractions of a second, so every little detail can make a difference."
The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, 2004, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.