Townsend Bell qualifies 19th; Buddy Rice ends up 22nd SONOMA, Calif. - Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon at the Infineon Raceway for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County, and when the action was ...
Townsend Bell qualifies 19th; Buddy Rice ends up 22nd
SONOMA, Calif. - Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon at the Infineon Raceway for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County, and when the action was completed, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers Townsend Bell and Buddy Rice found themselves in 19th and 22nd, respectively.
Bell went out in the first group and was hovering on the bubble of the top six as the session went on. His fastest lap time was a 1:18.3267. Right at the end, a few guys turned in some faster laps to bump Bell out of the advancing six. He was satisfied with the handling of his car but knows he and the team have a bit of work to do to shave some tenths off their times.
Rice was not able to fair much better with his time of 1:18.1139 in his session. Two full course yellows made things difficult for him to get into a rhythm and lower his lap time. He wasn't quite happy with the car but is confident in the directions the team is going and still sees the potential for a solid finish in Sunday's race.
A warm-up session will take place on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. PT. The 30-minute session can be seen live via streaming video on indycar.com.
The race will follow later that afternoon and can be seen live in HD at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
#15 DREYER & REINBOLD RACING Honda Dallara Driver Buddy Rice
"I like coming to Sonoma. It's usually a good track for me. For whatever reason, we just don't have the car working exactly like we'd like it to. So, we're going to start further in the back which is something we've done in the past. If we can get it all sorted out by tomorrow morning, we should be good come race time. We've done it before - we can do it again. It's just taking us a little bit longer to get a handle of the track with the cars so it's a little disappointing."
#23 WILLIAM RAST/DREYER & REINBOLD RACING Honda Dallara Driver Townsend Bell
"I don't have a lot of complaints about the balance. It seems like we need more grip over-all. I think the William Rast guys have done a good job to give me a car that's the best I've had this year on a road course, but unfortunately, as competitive as it is, we need another big step in total car grip. All in all, I'd like to be much higher of course, but in terms of what I'm feeling in the car doesn't feel that bad. Tomorrow, we'll just have to be clever, be smart. We know we're not the fastest car here this weekend, but we're also not that bad. When I've run with some of the faster guys in practice, I might not have the outright speed, but I don't know that we're that far off either over a race distance."