Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Qualified For The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2009)- Today was bittersweet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as they qualified for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The team proved they have...
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Qualified For The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2009)- Today was bittersweet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as they qualified for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The team proved they have quick cars and have been working hard all weekend, but unfortunately time and traffic was not on their side.
Pilot of the No. 24 Dad's Root Beer machine, Englishman, Mike Conway showed his speed right out of the box, but time stood in his way. The rookie was in the second qualifying group and ran in the top three most of the session. With a couple of minutes left to go, Conway came in after catching traffic and made it back out before the checkered flag, but didn't have time to complete a fast lap. The 25 year-old will start 16th on the grid for tomorrow's race after clocking a time of 1:10.6059.
Darren Manning qualified his No. 23 machine eighteenth on the grid for tomorrow's race with a time of 1:11.2411. The Brit was in the second qualifying group and struggled with under-steer for most of the session. Manning ran into some problems in the second stint. After putting on his Firestone Alternate (red-sidewall) tires, he unfortunately caught EJ Viso coming out of the pits and it kept him from being able to get an adequate number of warm-up laps in. Luckily, experience is on Manning's side, as he competed on the streets of Long Beach in 2003.
What they have to say...
Mike Conway: "I'm disappointed really. We did that one good time and then I was catching people in front of me and was trying to back off and do another lap, but we just couldn't get another one in. It's a shame really. I thought that we would have easily made it through this one even though it was a tough group and a lot of quick guys. I think the guys that weren't quick earlier on kind of popped up with the Firestone Alternate (red-sidewall) tires. Now we'll go back and just concentrate for tomorrow."
Darren Manning: "Disappointing, we still have a lot of under-steer in the car, which is stopping me from going any faster. We made the rear better, better and better, but it was too good for the front to keep up. You don't want to risk too much going into qualifying with changes, but maybe we should have done a bit more than what we did. On my Firestone Alternate (red-sidewall) tires, I caught EJ Viso coming out of the pits and it kind of messed up a couple of my warm-up laps, which should have found me a few tenths, really. I only got one hot lap at the end of the checkered, but I don't think that would have been fast enough to make it in the fast six. I think we can risk changing a few things for morning warm-up and roll the dice some on strategy. We'll do better for tomorrow."
Dennis Reinbold: "We are disappointed with where we qualified overall. We felt like we had a bit more time. We had some good laps going, but things like that happen in qualifying and we will just have to work harder in the race, but that's okay we are ready for that."