MEIJER INDY 300 QUALIFYING CANCELLED- DREYER & REINBOLD RACING WILL START 15TH, 19TH, AND 23RD
Sparta, KY (July 31, 2009) - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was eager to show everyone that they were ready to get back to oval racing. Unfortunately the weather was not on DRR’s side, qualifying was cancelled due to a “weeping” track. The water was seeping up through the circuit, keeping cars from being able to run the entire day. As a result the session was cancelled and the team has to start by owners points. Milka Duno, pilot of the #23 CITGO machine will start 15th, Mike Conway driver of the #24 Dad’s Root Beer entry will start 19th and Tomas Scheckter, pilot of the #43 MonaVie car will start 23rd tomorrow for the Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy’s.
The team has made huge strides and is prepared for tomorrow’s oval event. DRR has started at least one car in every race at the track since 2000. In 2001, Sarah Fisher gave the team their first and only pole in 2001 and their best finish was with 7th position with Robbie Buhl in 2003. This will mark Conway’s first appearance to the track. Scheckter will be making his seventh start and has a best finish of fifth in six starts and has led 14 laps at the track and has three top-10 finishes in six starts. Last year was Duno’s first time to compete at the Kentucky track where she started 18th and finished 21st.
Dreyer & Reinbold will be on track tomorrow for practice from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET and then again at 8:45 p.m. ET for the Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy’s which will be live on VERSUS.
What they have to say…
Mike Conway, No. 24 Dad’s Root Beer: “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t get out today. Especially with this being my first time to the Kentucky Speedway I was hoping to get some laps in and try to learn from Tomas. We should be okay fo r tomorrow. The Dad’s Root Beer car keeps getting stronger and stronger on the ovals and I think we will be okay in the race.”
Tomas Scheckter, No. 43 MonaVie: “Unfortunately we were unable to get out on track because of the wet circuit, but it’s the weather and there is nothing you can do about it. It’s great that the fans stuck it out for the autograph session and hopefully we can put on a good show tomorrow. We have time to practice tomorrow and we have a decent setup, but we will see for tomorrow afternoon and hopefully we will have a good MonaVie car.”
Milka Duno, No. 23 CITGO: “It’s a shame we could not get out on track. We had a good car here last year and if we put everything together we will have another good one this race, so I’m confident for tomorrow.”
About Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing enters its 10th season of full-time competition in 2009, making it one of the longest-tenured teams in Indy Racing League compe tition. Current co-owners, Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl, first teamed in full-time competition at the Walt Disney World Speedway in January of 2000. With Buhl behind the wheel, the two owners tasted victory in their debut race. The 2009 IndyCar Series season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg marked Dreyer & Reinbold Racing"s 200th series start. In its history, the team has boasted a championship list of alumni drivers. Besides Buhl, the team has run Indianapolis 500 winners, Al Unser Jr., Buddy Lazier, and Buddy Rice, along with IndyCar Series race winner, Ryan Briscoe. The team has one of the longest lines of heritage in American open-wheel racing and the Indianapolis 500 as Dennis Reinbold"s grandfather, "Pop" Dreyer, built leading roadsters that raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
More information on the team can be found at www.dreyerreinboldrac ing.com.