DREYER & REINBOLD RACING RIGHT ON PACE DURING PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO Lexington, OH (August 6, 2010)- After a much-needed break, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing got back into the road-racing groove. Today was a matter of putting the...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING RIGHT ON PACE DURING PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO
Lexington, OH (August 6, 2010)- After a much-needed break, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing got back into the road-racing groove. Today was a matter of putting the laps in and getting the cars just right for tomorrow's qualifying, and that is exactly what DRR accomplished today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It turned out to be a very successful day for DRR pilots Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs), and newcomer, JR Hildebrand (No. 24 Roll Coater) as they practiced for the 12th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
JR Hildebrand showed his true talent right off the bat as he's making his IZOD IndyCar debut this weekend. It was announced a couple of weeks ago that JR would step in for the injured Mike Conway and he has quickly proved that he was the perfect candidate. Hildebrand tested with the team last week, which helped him to get the car pointed in the right direction. In the first session it was all about dialing the car in and trying new things. The Roll Coater crew got the car in the ballpark and tomorrow can be all about fine-tuning. The reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion clocked the 7th quickest time in today's practice session with a time of 1:08.6340.
It was a different story for Hildebrand's teammate, Wilson. Today didn't exactly go according to plan for the Brit as track conditions changed. Fortunately, the team tested at the 2.258- mile circuit, but unfortunately the car didn't feel exactly the same. As a result, the No. 22 Z-Line crew will look over the data tonight and search for a new and improved path for tomorrow. Wilson was 14th fastest in the session with a time of 1:08.7971.
What they have to say:
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: " Today was a struggle, it didn't go according to plan. Right from the install lap, the car didn't feel the same way it did at the test. We are going to study that and see if we can understand what it is. Hopefully we can turn it around. We were very quick in the test and have the capability, we just need to understand what's going on and get the Z-Line Designs car back towards the top of the time sheets."
JR Hildebrand, No. 24 Roll Coater: "I definitely feel like I made some improvements from the test day. I still have some work to do, but I feel closer to where I need to be. For me, personally, just driving the car will be about chipping away and making the last few little adjustments in some spots and keeping up with the way the times progress throughout the weekend. The times will continue to drop and I need to keep thinking that's going to happen and not be satisfied with my current time, because everyone will continue going quicker. Keeping a cool head on my shoulders will go a long way. We made a lot of progress with the team. I'm really enjoying working with the guys. They've had a really logical approach with what's going on. Justin and I have similar feelings about the car and I think things can continue to get better."