BUDDY RICE BRINGS HOME FOURTH FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - From 17th position, with hard driving and good calls in the pits, Buddy Rice brought home Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's best finish of the 2008 IndyCar Series season by...
BUDDY RICE BRINGS HOME FOURTH FOR DREYER & REINBOLD RACING
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - From 17th position, with hard driving and good calls in the pits, Buddy Rice brought home Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's best finish of the 2008 IndyCar Series season by finishing fourth in Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
The finish ties Rice's best result at Watkins Glen as he also earned a fourth-place in 2006.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the event with Darren Manning in second and Tony Kanaan in third.
Rice made his last pit stop on lap 41 for a splash of fuel only, allowing him to move up from 12th to sixth. He then stretched his fuel load for the next 20 laps, helped by having 11 of those laps run under yellow caution periods.
During one of those cautions, front-runners Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe had an incident taking them out of contention, allowing Rice to move into fourth. From then on, he challenged Tony Kanaan for third while trying to hold off a hard-charging Marco Andretti.
In the end, the three remained in line, and Rice brought home the team's best finish of the year - a nice way for everyone on the #15 crew to rebound from two straight weeks of tough DNFs.
Rice's teammate, Milka Duno, made her IndyCar Series road course debut this weekend. She utilized every on-track lap to learn and gain experience. Session after session, her lap times improved.
During the race, Duno was maintaining a consistent pace and was well on her way to accomplishing everyone's goal of finishing her first road course race.
While running under yellow late in the race, the field bottle-necked at one point, catching some drivers off-guard. Duno slammed the brakes and turned right to try and avoid the incident, but A.J. Foyt IV was right behind with nowhere to go. The two made contact, and both fell out of the race.
Duno leaves disappointed, but much experience was gained, and her road course lessons will continue at the next one on the schedule - the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
>From here, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will return to Indianapolis on Monday for a few days before heading to Nashville on Thursday with Rice and Duno for Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
#15 DREYER & REINBOLD RACING Honda Dallara Driver Buddy Rice
"It was exciting. It was like a big see-saw again. It reminds me a little bit of Indy. We had a great finish. It's great for Dreyer and Reinbold, Roll Coater, and the whole team. We had a little mistake yesterday in qualifying, and we didn't get everything we wanted out of it. We knew we had a fast race car if we could just get to the front. Dennis (Reinbold) made a great call with fuel strategy, and everything played out. It was really good."
#23 CITGO/DREYER & REINBOLD RACING Honda Dallara Driver Milka Duno
"I am very disappointed. We only had 15 laps to go. The whole queue was checked in, and we were waiting for the green flag. This is when I felt the hit from behind from car #2. My rear suspension was damaged, and I unfortunately had to leave the race."