Mid-Ohio: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing qualifying report

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED 11th AND 18th FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO Lexington, OH (August 7, 2010)- Today was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio today. The ...

DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED 11th AND 18th FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

Lexington, OH (August 7, 2010)- Today was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio today. The Indianapolis-based squad worked diligently to get the cars just right, but unfortunately things didn't go exactly to plan. Justin Wilson, pilot of the No. 22 Z-Line Designs machine, qualified 11th for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by Westfield Insurance. His teammate, JR Hildebrand, pilot of the No.24 Roll Coater car, will start 18th for tomorrow's event.

Today's session didn't go the way Justin Wilson had hoped. The Brit diligently chipped away all weekend and was working hard to make it into the Firestone Fast Six today. He advanced to the Fast Twelve, and was well on his way to the Firestone Fast Six, but on the last lap he made contact with Ryan Briscoe in Turn 5, which ended his day early. This will be the fourth time that he has not made it into the Firestone Fast Six. He has qualified in every Firestone Fast Six since 2008, except for four (2009 & 2010 Edmonton, Barber-2010, Mid-Ohio-2010), which makes a total of 15 Firestone Fast Six Qualifying sessions he has advanced to. Wilson will start 11th (1:07.6239, 120.208 mph).

JR Hildebrand proved his true talent again today as he's making his IZOD IndyCar debut this weekend. The reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion had a solid run in qualifying. As he diligently worked to make it into the fast twelve, he was barely nudged out in the end. Hildebrand will start 18th (1:07.7943, 119.904 mph) on the grid for tomorrow's race.

What they have to say:

Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "Today was a tough day. We were making progress in qualifying. We weren't as quick as we wanted to be, but the last change that we made felt like a good improvement and the times were coming down. Unfortunately, I ended up coming together with Ryan Briscoe in Turn 5. I thought that he was letting me go, because he was on a slow out lap and I was on my quickest lap of the weekend. It was the last lap of qualifying and it was going to be really close to make the Fast Six. I was optimistic that we would advance and we had another half a lap to get the job done. I was shocked when Ryan turned in because he didn't expect me to go on the inside. We touched and brushed into the wall. Unfortunately, I sprained my thumb. I've got to ice it down tonight and hopefully it will be strong enough for tomorrow."

JR Hildebrand, No. 24 Roll Coater: "It was alright today. It's just so close out there. I think half a tenth of a second would have gotten us four or five grid spots. I'm glad we are as close as we are to being on the pace, but I'm kind of disappointed that we weren't able to pick up that last little bit and gain a big chunk of grid spots because that kind of puts us in the position for tomorrow where we will have to rely on some strategy to play in our favor to get the car in the top-10. I think that we could have been in the top-10 today, so it's a little bit bittersweet. I learned a lot and I will be able to take all of this into the race tomorrow and then onto Infineon."

-source: drr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Ryan Briscoe
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing