DREYER & REINBOLD RACING GETS ADJUSTED TO OVAL RACING AGAIN IN KANSAS CITY Kansas City, Kansas (May 1, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's first oval of the season was full of twists and turns for the team. The Indianapolis-based squad adjusted...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING GETS ADJUSTED TO OVAL RACING AGAIN IN KANSAS CITY
Kansas City, Kansas (May 1, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's first oval of the season was full of twists and turns for the team. The Indianapolis-based squad adjusted to oval racing again and endured plenty of action during the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 in Kansas City, Kansas today.
As the green flag dropped, both Mike Conway (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer) and Justin Wilson (No. 22 Charter Communications) were off to a very good start. They had a clean first lap and immediately started to get into the groove. Conway gained four positions going from 10th to 6th, while his teammate, Wilson, went from 20th to 18th. Both drivers were running a steady race, but about five laps into the 200-lap event, both cars began struggling with massive under-steer.
Team Veteran, Mike Conway, was taking advantage of his opportunity and quickly got reacquainted with the ovals. The Brit showed real maturity on the two-mile circuit as he charged through the field on the start. Unfortunately, things started to turn for Conway about five laps into the race when his car started to have major push. He didn't let that get in his way. The 26 year-old came in on laps 49,103, and 154 receiving fuel, tires and a turn of front wing. As he would get back out the changes would create a quick fix and he would challenge those around him, but then the under-steer would set in again. As a result, Conway went two laps down, but brought the car home safely in 14th position and is 15th in the overall point standings.
It was a similar story for Wilson. The Englishman started off strong, but unfortunately struggled with under-steer early on as well. He rallied through the field on the first lap gaining two positions, going from 20th to 18th in the first couple of laps. Like his teammate, the under-steer crept in around lap eight. On laps 49, 75, and 122 Wilson would come in. DRR seized the opportunity and made a number of changes. Not only, did the No. 22 Charter Communications crew fill the car with fuel and put on tires, they also added front wing and did a reverse toe adjustment. Luckily, the changes helped, but at that point the Brit was already four laps down. Fortunately, he was able to get valuable experience as he heads into the month of May. Wilson brought the car back to pit lane in 18th position and currently sits 6th in the championship.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing looks forward to the month of May. The team heads back to Indianapolis and then onto Kentucky this week to test and prepare for the Indianapolis 500.
What they have to say about the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Charter Communications: "It was a tough day today for the #22 Charter/ Z-Line Designs team today. I was fighting under-steer throughout the entire race. We made changes each stop and the car was getting better, but we struggled to find the grip. I'm setting my sights on Indy and I'm looking forward to doing some testing and dialing the car in."
Mike Conway, No. 24 Dad's Root Beer: "It was a long day. At the beginning I got a good start and worked my way up to P6 and everything felt comfortable. I felt some under-steer coming in the car and by lap five there was way too much of it and as the run went on it got worse and worse. I fell back really fast. From that point on we had to deal with that all day. We tried to dial it in, but I think we were lacking in a few areas. We will test next week so hopefully we can figure a few things out. Overall, it wasn't the best day for the Dad's Root Beer car, but we will work on it. I think we showed some good speed in qualifying and during the race, now we just need to put it all together."