Mid-Ohio: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing preview

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING PREPARED FOR MID-OHIO Indianapolis, IN (August 4, 2010)- After a much-needed weekend off, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is fully prepared and ready to race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Sunday. This will mark the team's...


Indianapolis, IN (August 4, 2010)- After a much-needed weekend off, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is fully prepared and ready to race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Sunday. This will mark the team's fourth time to compete at the 2.258-mile circuit and who better to do it with than road racing pro, Justin Wilson, who will pilot the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine and newcomer, JR Hildebrand, will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Roll Coater car.

The famed road course has been good to DRR. The team finished best of eighth in 2007 after starting ninth with Buddy Rice. In 2008, they qualified seventh with Rice. DRR is knocking on the door of a race win and they are hoping for the same outcome they had in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. That result was the team's second career pole position. The last time that Dreyer & Reinbold Racing started from pole was in 2002 with Sarah Fisher at Kentucky.

Additionally, the team feels extra prepared this weekend because they had the opportunity to test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week with Justin Wilson and JR Hildebrand. The duo had a very successful test and logged in plenty of miles.

Justin Wilson is ready to finish what he has started in Mid-Ohio and bring home a good result. This will be his third year at the 2.258-mile circuit. Previously, he finished 11th in his first start in 2008 after starting fourth. In 2009, Wilson started second, led 28 laps and finished 13th.

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). Wilson has also qualified in every Firestone Fast Six since 2008, except for three (2009 & 2010 -Edmonton and 2010-Barber), which makes a total of 15 Firestone Fast Six Qualifying sessions he has advanced to. 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.

Hildebrand will make his debut IZOD IndyCar appearance at Mid-Ohio this weekend and then at his home race in Sonoma on August 22nd. It was announced a couple of weeks ago that JR would step in for the injured Mike Conway and pilot the No. 24 Roll Coater machine in Ohio and the No. 24 TranSystems car in Sonoma. The Sausalito, CA native will step up to the IZOD IndyCar Series after competing in the Firestone Indy Lights category for the last two seasons.

Some of his accomplishments include winning the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship, the Formula Ford 2000 Championship, winning the SCCA Formula Russell Championship and the Jim Russell Sprint Car Series Championship to name a few. Last season he recorded four wins, eleven top-five finishes, twelve top-ten finishes, and five poles in Firestone Indy Lights, taking home the series title. He also participated in a 3-day test with the Force India F1 Team. In 2008, he finished fifth in Firestone Lights standings and won his first career race at Kansas, also recording 8 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes. For 2007, Hildebrand made his Firestone Indy Lights debut at the Infineon double-header with RLR/Anderson Racing. In 2006, he won the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 championship for Cape Motorsports, recording a record-setting 12 victories in 14 races.

What they have to say:

Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "Mid-Ohio is a great track. It's very technical, but it also takes a lot of commitment. I really enjoy driving the circuit. We had a great test there and I think we learned some things, improved the car and did a lot of miles. I'm really looking forward to the race. Hopefully, we can qualify near the front and have another strong weekend. The test definitely helped to kick start things and pointed us in the right direction. We tried a few things and we know what we are looking for, so fingers crossed."

JR Hildebrand, No. 24 Roll Coater: "I"m excited to get going this weekend. We had a good test, and I"ve definitely got some things to work on, but I'm confident that I know what I need to do to make some big steps. It was great to be back in a car, and I"m optimistic for the weekend. Working with Justin was a real treat. I look forward to working with him more and to hopefully adding something to the equation as well."

-source: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sarah Fisher , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Rice , Mike Conway
Teams Force India , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing