Qualifying Postponed; Full Day of Practice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil (March 13, 2010)- It was an action packed day in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing pilots Mike Conway (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer), Justin...
Qualifying Postponed; Full Day of Practice for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
São Paulo, Brazil (March 13, 2010)- It was an action packed day in São Paulo, Brazil for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing pilots Mike Conway (No. 24 Dad's Root Beer), Justin Wilson (No. 22 Z-Line Designs) and Ana Beatriz (No. 23 Ipiranga). Today provided an eventful day for the team as track conditions played havoc on the planned schedule. As a result, qualifying was postponed to tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
Although the challenges of a new circuit played a big role in today's activities, the Indianapolis-based squad was able to get the laps in that they needed and feel that they are prepared for tomorrow. Justin Wilson clocked the fourth fastest time of the day with 1:31.5380. His teammate, Conway, had the 15th quickest time of 1:32.6446. Rookie Ana Beatriz accomplished what she needed despite missing part of the second practice due to hitting the wall coming down the slick straightaway. Luckily she was able to accomplish her goal of recording laps and she had a time of 1:37.4300.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for the São Paulo Indy 300 in São Paulo, Brazil on March 14th. Qualifying will take place at 7:30 am EDT. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, March 14th at 11:30 am (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145, and Sirius channel 211. For more updates on the team please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.
What they have to say about the São Paulo Indy 300...
Justin Wilson, No. 22 Z-Line Designs: "Today was a perfect example of never giving up. The track conditions made it difficult to dial in a set-up and we were missing it for most of the day. I think getting the damper right is the key to running fast in São Paulo. I'm pleased with how my crew dug deep and kept after it. Track temperature is also going to play a big factor as the changes made today will certainly change by tomorrow morning. If it rains during the race, it will be very interesting out there. I'm looking forward to a busy day of qualifying and running the race."
Ana Beatriz, No. 23 Ipiranga: "The weekend started well and I was able to get some laps in. Unfortunately, in the first practice we weren't able to run that much because of some temperature problems and the track was dirty. In the afternoon we were a little late because we made some big changes to the car and lost about half an hour of practice. Then once I got on the slippery straight I hit the wall and that lost us the rest of the second session. The third practice was all about getting laps and that is exactly what I needed. I think it was the right decision to change the qualifying session to tomorrow, because I will have time to think about it and sleep well. Tomorrow will be a big day with qualifying and the race all in one."
Mike Conway, No. 24 Dad's Root Beer: "We had a good run this morning and then it got really slick this afternoon when it warmed up and I think everyone struggled for grip and consistency with the Dad's Root Beer car. We didn't really want to change the car too much going into the afternoon session and the car seemed to be okay. It improved as it cooled down and got better and better. Overall, I think we ended up okay. Justin had a good run in the end and I think we will be in good shape for tomorrow."