Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Prepared for Mid-Ohio
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- After a much-needed weekend off, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is fully prepared and ready to race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Sunday. This will mark the team's fifth time to compete at the 2.258-mile circuit and who better to do it with than road racing pro, Justin Wilson, who will pilot the No. 22 Roll Coater machine and rookie, Ana Beatriz, who will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Ipiranga car.
The famed road course has been good to DRR. The team finished best of eighth in 2007 after starting ninth with Buddy Rice. Last year, Wilson qualified 11th and finished 27th and JR Hildebrand started from 18th position and finished 16th. In 2008, they qualified seventh with Rice.
Additionally, the team feels extra prepared this weekend because they had the opportunity to test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week with Wilson and Beatriz. The duo had a very successful test and logged in plenty of miles.
Wilson is ready to carry his strong result from Edmonton into this weekend at Mid-Ohio. Two weeks ago, the Brit earned his first top-5 result of the year. After encountering some bad luck this season, the veteran driver is ready to keep the good momentum rolling. This will be his fourth year at the 2.258-mile circuit. Previously, he finished 11th in his first start in 2008 after starting fourth. In 2009, Wilsonstarted second, led 28 laps and finished 13th. Last year, he started 11th and due to early contact with EJ Viso on Lap 23, his day was ended early and he finished the race in 27th position.
A little rest and relaxation was exactly what the doctor ordered for Ana Beatriz. After earning another great result in Edmonton, the Brazilian spent some time training before heading to Mid-Ohio. She will be making her third appearance to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but her first in the top level of the sport. In 2008, she made her first start there in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where in the first race she started 19th and finished 14th and in the second race she started 14th and finished 5th. In 2009, she started 14th and finished 12th.
The rookie can safely say that she is graduating from rookie status, and she proved exactly that in Toronto and Edmonton. Two weeks ago, she earned her best qualifying result, with a 23rd place starting position, and her second best career finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series in Edmonton. Beatriz had a clean start, and despite making contact with Kimball after the second re-start of the race, she hung on and fought her way back up the grid and finished 13th. Bia earned her best IZOD IndyCar result in Toronto, Canada when she brought the car home in 11th place.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track this weekend for the Honda Indy 200 in Lexington, Ohio. The race telecast will air live on Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 pm (EDT) live on VERSUS. The race will 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 Roll Coater: "I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio. It's a fast, flowing and fun track to drive. There are compromises, but it's quite a mix of being technical and carrying speed. It's a track that I really enjoy driving and hopefully we can have a strong result there. I think that we had a pretty quick car at the test and we learned a few things, so hopefully we can be competitive right from the start and keep fine-tuning the car because it's going to be a strong pace."
Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "I'm really looking forward to this weekend. Mid-Ohio is always a very tough race and I think it's really good that we were able to test there last week. We had the chance to test some different things and it gave me a chance to run some laps for the first time in an IndyCar there. The goal is to go fast and hopefully we will have another good weekend."