DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY Indianapolis, IN (September 1, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is ready to continue their oval momentum from Chicago into this weekend for the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Indianapolis, IN (September 1, 2010) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is ready to continue their oval momentum from Chicago into this weekend for the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. This will mark Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's 11th time to compete at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, and piloting the DRR machines will be, Paul Tracy, who will drive the No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels car, and Justin Wilson, who will get behind the wheel of the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car.
DRR had a very successful result at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend when Justin Wilson earned the team a 7th place finish. The positive outcome helps the team as they head to Kentucky for the 15th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. DRR has started at least one car in every race at the track since 2000. In 2001, Sarah Fisher gave the team their first pole and their best finish at the track was 7th position with Robbie Buhl in 2003.
With two 2nd place finishes under his belt so far this season, Justin Wilson is ready to hit Kentucky Speedway. This weekend will be the Brit's third time to compete at 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 2008, he qualified 19th and finished in 24th place and in 2009 he started 8th and finished 21st, both early retirements were due to mechanical issues. Since joining the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008, Wilson has recorded seven top-10 finishes (2008: Kansas-9th, Milwaukee-7th, Richmond-7th, 2009: Chicagoland-10th, Homestead-10th, 2010: Indianapolis-7th, Chicago--7th) on ovals. He has led on an oval twice, (2008--Kansas led for five laps, 2010--Indianapolis 500--led for 11 laps). Wilson's best qualifying position on an oval was 8th position at Kentucky in 2009.
Earlier this season, Wilson earned DRR's best result since team co-owner, Robbie Buhl, won in 2000 at Walt Disney World Speedway as he came home with 2nd place finishes for the organization in St. Petersburg, Florida and in Long Beach, California. Long Beach marked his seventh career top-five finish, all have been on street/road courses. He started competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008 and since then he has won on a street course (2008 Belle Isle) and a road course (2009 Watkins Glen). Since 2008, Wilson has advanced to 15 Firestone Fast Six qualifying sessions. Out of those sessions, he has qualified in the top-5 ten times. So far this season, he has started 3rd in Brazil, 4th in St. Petersburg, 3rd in Long Beach, 6th in Watkins Glen, and 1st in Toronto.
It was announced yesterday that Canadian driver, Paul Tracy, will join DRR for the second time this season and replace the injured Mike Conway this weekend. He will drive the team's No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels entry for the Meijer Indy 300. Tracy was the sensible choice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as not only does he have experience on ovals, over his entire career, he has competed in 270 Indy car-type events.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, will be making his tenth IZOD IndyCar start and his first start at Kentucky Speedway. This will be the first time Tracy has raced on an oval since Milwaukee in May 2009. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing with 31 career victories. This weekend the Canadian native will be sponsored by wheel manufacturer Motegi Racing Wheels for the event.
Now in his 20th season, Tracy has made himself one of the top drivers in open-wheel racing. He is among the top-10 in almost every Champ Car career statistical category including wins, 31 (tied for seventh all-time), poles, 25 (ninth all-time), and laps led, 4,238 (sixth all-time).
Over the last 20 years, Tracy has earned 75 career podium performances, 102 top-five finishes and 144 top-10 showings in 270 starts (262 in Champ Car and eight in IZOD IndyCar). In the 15 seasons in which Tracy has competed in over 80 percent of the races, he has finished in the top-10 in the championship standings 10 times including eight times in the top-five, four in the top-three and captured the championship in 2003.
What they have to say:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "I'm looking forward to getting back to Kentucky after coming off a strong result in Chicago. The track is a bit rougher than the others, but we should be okay. We learned a lot last weekend and now we just need to tweak the set-up just a little bit. Traditionally, Kentucky hasn't been a good track for me. We always seemed to break down in the race before the first or second pit stop, so I'm hoping for better luck and to have another good race result this weekend."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels: "It's great to be back with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team again this year. I'm excited to have the opportunity to run some ovals with the team. It's been a while since I've raced on an oval but I'm ready for the challenge. This will be my first time at Kentucky and, from what I hear, it's more of a bumpy track, has a little bit less banking, so we'll see on Saturday night. I'm expecting a barn-burner. I talked to Justin on the phone and DRR has a couple of ideas for qualifying. I talked to my engineer, Yves Touron, a couple of times as well. They have some things that they learned from the final practice and the race that they think are going to help the car in qualifying trim. Hopefully, Justin and I can have good starting positions and race well together and both get solid top-10 finishes."