DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED FOR THE INDY JAPAN 300 Motegi, Japan (September 18, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing qualified for the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan today. The team's drivers Justin Wilson (No. 22 Kona Deep) and Paul Tracy...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING QUALIFIED FOR THE INDY JAPAN 300
Motegi, Japan (September 18, 2010)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing qualified for the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan today. The team's drivers Justin Wilson (No. 22 Kona Deep) and Paul Tracy (No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels) qualified 18th and 22nd respectively.
Wilson will be making his second appearance at the 1.5 mile tri-oval this weekend as he qualified 18th for tomorrow's race. Today, the Brit recorded a two lap qualifying speed of 196.850 mph. In 2009, he started ninth and finished twelfth in his first start at this track. 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.
Paul Tracy is making his third appearance with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing this weekend as he is filling in for the injured Mike Conway. Today's session didn't exactly go the way the Canadian had hoped. The team found some speed from the morning practice session and made changes to the No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels machine. Unfortunately, it wasn't the direction Tracy was hoping for and he didn't qualify as far up the grid as he would have liked. As a result he will start 22nd for tomorrow's race. His two lap qualifying average was 195.709 mph.
Tomorrow will mark Tracy's sixth start at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. In 2002, when he was the pilot of the Team Green machine, Tracy started 3rd and was leading the race, but with laps to go he had a mechanical failure. The Canadian drove in five CART races at the track from 1998-2002. He had two top-10 finishes with a best of fifth in 1998. Tracy has led a total of 42 laps at the track and his best start was third in 2002.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track tomorrow for the 16th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series in Japan. The race telecast will air live on Saturday, September 18th at 11:00 pm (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will also air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 212. For more updates on the team, please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Kona Deep: "Not exactly the day that we were looking for but we will just keep working on it. We had a lot of under-steer all day and in qualifying the car was really loose. Unfortunately, I couldn't commit the speed I was looking for. Tomorrow we just need to try and have a good, smart race. This race gets pretty crazy at times. It's hard to race on, so we just need to make sure that we don't make any mistakes and look after the car."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels: "It's a little frustrating. This morning we started out with an imbalance in the car, but had pretty competitive times. As we progressed through the day we made the car better, but we were never able to replicate the time again. In qualifying we stepped it a little too far and it was a pretty hard car to drive and it got loose on me on the first lap and it killed the second lap as well. There was definitely a lot more in the car. Our game plan will be the same as Kentucky and that will be to take the first yellow."