DREYER & REINBOLD RACING HAP UPS AND DOWNS IN JAPAN Motegi, Japan (September 19, 2010) - The Indy Japan 300 was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Motegi, Japan today. The team's drivers, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Kona Deep)...
DREYER & REINBOLD RACING HAP UPS AND DOWNS IN JAPAN
Motegi, Japan (September 19, 2010) - The Indy Japan 300 was filled with ups and downs for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Motegi, Japan today. The team's drivers, Justin Wilson (No. 22 Kona Deep) and Paul Tracy (No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels) finished 16th and 22nd respectively.
As the green flag dropped, Justin Wilson had a clean start and maintained his position of 21st. As the caution came out on the first lap he would come in on Lap 6 for fuel only. From that moment on Justin would fight to work his way up the grid. The first couple of stints were some what of a battle as he struggled with under-steer. Fortunately, the yellow came out on Lap 41 and Wilson came in on Lap 44 for fuel, tires and some front wing. At that point, the car was back on track and Wilson would start to gain positions. He would come in again on Laps 72 , 117 and 150 for fuel and tires. In the end Wilson brought the car home in 16th position.
Like his teammate, Paul Tracy had a strong start. He went from 22nd position to 21st and then the yellow came out on the first lap. As the yellow came out the team decided to take an alternate strategy and brought Tracy in on Lap 6 for fuel only. Unfortunately the fuel did not make it in so he had to come in again to get topped off. The restart came out on Lap 9 and Tracy quickly worked his way up the grid. On Lap 41 the yellow flag came out and the Canadian came in on Lap 44 for fuel and tires. Thanks to the fast pit work of the No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels car, Tracy filtered out to P15. By Lap 64 Tracy was struggling severely with under-steer and would start to go backwards. Fortunately he was able to hold on and the yellow came out on Lap 67 and Tracy came in on Lap 72 for fuel tires and a front wing change. On Lap 77 he came back in to top off for fuel, but unfortunately the resta rt was on Lap 78 and it put him half a lap behind the leader and he would battle his way to catch up. As Tracy worked diligently to work his way up he would brush the wall on Lap 114 bringing out the caution flag. The incident caused the motor to break and his day was ended early. Tracy would finish in 22nd position.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing heads back to Indianapolis as they will have a couple of days to prepare the cars before heading to Homestead Speedway in Miami, Florida for the last race of the season.
What they have to say^a
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Kona Deep: "It was a long day. We started out not so good. We were struggling in the first three stints just trying to hang on and keeping it on the lead lap. Basically, we tried a lot of different combinations. We made a few adjustments on that second pit stop and it brought the car to life and then we could start getting on with it. The car was pretty good for the last 100 laps and it was difficult to get by anyone. It was a tough race. I'm just happy to get the Kona Deep car to the finish and score some more points and move on from here."
Paul Tracy, No. 24 Motegi Racing Wheels: "Overall, we didn't have a very good day. The car was working pretty well and we were making some positions at the beginning of the race and made our way up to 15th. We decided to do an alternate fuel strategy and didn't get any warning and we came in to get fuel and it was going green that lap and that put us three quarters of a lap behind the leader. The car balance was good overall and the car was working pretty well. I was pushing to try to stay on the lead lap and brushed the wall and that put us out of the race. It was a bad end to the day."