Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Owner(s) Robbie Buhl and Dennis Reinbold
Base Carmel, Indiana, USA
Series Izod IndyCar Series
Race drivers 22. None
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 1 (Walt Disney World Speedway 2000 - Robbie Buhl)
Pole positions 2

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is an automotive racing organization that competed in the open wheel IndyCar Series from 2000 to 2013. The team is co-owned by former driver Robbie Buhl, who owns the team with Indianapolis BMW, Infiniti, Volkswagen and Maserati dealer Dennis Reinbold. Off the track, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) have spent thousands of hours as the national spokesperson & advocate for "Racing for Kids," a national youth charitable foundation. On behalf of "Racing for Kids," DRR has visited more than 20,000 children in over 400 hospitals worldwide, and raised nearly $5 million for local children's health initiatives.[1]

2000–2006 Indy Racing League / IndyCar Series[edit]

Founded in 2000, DRR was one of the few teams that consistently ran the Infiniti engine until they left the series, then switched to Chevrolet and finally to Honda in 2005. When Buhl retired from the cockpit in 2004, he placed Felipe Giaffone in the cockpit, followed by Roger Yasukawa with financial backing from Honda. With Honda backing gone for 2006, some doubted if the team would continue, as Buhl had consistently stated that if running the team did not make financial sense, he would shut it down. However, sponsorship was found and the team named 2000 series champion Buddy Lazier their primary driver. In 2002 the team ran a second car for Sarah Fisher, who famously became the first woman in North American motorsports history to win the pole position for a major-league open-wheel race, earning the pole at Kentucky Speedway. In the 2006 Indianapolis 500, the team's second car was driven by Al Unser, Jr..

The team's only win came in their debut race, 2000 IRL season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway, when Buhl stunned the series with a win from the 22nd starting position. In 2006 the team scored their best finish in years when Ryan Briscoe showed a great turn of speed in the wet at Watkins Glen International to get on the podium. During that time, other good results in the season were few and far between.

The team's #15 car driven by Buddy Rice in practice for the 2008 Indianapolis 500

2007–2009 IndyCar Series[edit]

For 2007 the team has recruited two ex-Fernandez Racing engineers and added a new sponsor. On January 31, 2007, 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and Sarah Fisher would drive for the team. Rice brought in respectable performances, finishing 9th in points with three top-five finishes. Fisher struggled to 17th place in points after playing second fiddle to the "A Team" often being given less than par equipment. Fisher announced in late 2007 that she would leave the team due to lack of commitment from the team to her efforts.[citation needed]

Rice returned to the team in 2008 while the team's second car was shared by Milka Duno and Townsend Bell, with all three drivers competing in the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Both Rice and Bell finished in the top-10 (8th and 10th respectively) while Duno finished 19th in the race. Rice finished 16th in points with a best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen.

2009 saw Dreyer & Reinbold bring on a completely new driver lineup from 2008. Joining the team full-time was British rookie Mike Conway, who most had previously competed in the GP2 Series. A second full-time entry was shared between Darren Manning (two races), Milka Duno, and Tomas Scheckter. In addition, Roger Yasukawa also returned to the team for the race at Twin Ring Motegi. The team also fielded cars for Richard Petty Motorsports driven by John Andretti and for Kingdom Racing and driver Davey Hamilton in the 2009 Indianapolis 500. The cars of Duno, Andretti, and Conway all struggled to qualify but made the field on bump day, the final day of qualifications. Conway, Andretti, and Duno were the last-placed cars running at the finish in the 18th, 19th, and 20th positions respectively. Throughout the rest of the season, Conway struggled for consistency, only finishing nine of the seventeen races, but was fast at times on the road courses, finishing on the podium in third at Infineon Raceway.

2010–2011 Izod IndyCar Series[edit]

On 2 February 2010 it was announced that Justin Wilson would be joining Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2010 IndyCar season in the #22 Z-Line Designs car. Wilson was to be partnered throughout the season by returning driver Mike Conway.[2] For the opening race in Brazil they were joined by Ana Beatriz.[3] For the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 the team was expanded to run four cars for Tomas Scheckter and Ana Beatriz.[4] After Conway was sidelined for an accident in the closing stages of the Indy 500, Wilson was partnered by Tomas Scheckter, Graham Rahal and Paul Tracy. It was announced that he will be joined by J. R. Hildebrand who will make his Indycar debut at Mid-Ohio.[5] The Toronto event was Wilson's breakthrough event of the season, after being in the top two in each of the three practice sessions, he dominated qualifying. Justin made it to the Firestone Fast Six shootout without using a single set of the faster red walled (alternate compound) tires, and easily took the pole for the race after posting a record lap time of 1:00.2710s.[6] Justin went on to lead much of the race, however after losing grip coming off of turn 11 on a restart late in the race, Justin's car spun and relinquished the lead to Will Power. Even after Justin found himself pointing the wrong way in turn 8, he was able to rebound to a 7th place finish, but unfortunately wasn't able to capitalize on the team's best chance for a win in 2010.[7]

After healing, Conway left DRR for Andretti Autosport for the 2011 IndyCar season and was be replaced by rookie Ana Beatriz and her sponsor Petroleo Ipiranga. On 11 November 2010 an announcement was made confirming Justin Wilson would remain with Dreyer & Reinbold for a second year.[8]

2012 Izod IndyCar Series[edit]

On November 17, 2011, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Group Lotus PLC announced that DRR would serve as a Lotus factory partner team. Additionally, the historic auto manufacturer provided DRR entries with its new Lotus IndyCar V-6 racing engine for the 2012 IndyCar season.[9] On January 17, 2012 the team announced Oriol Servia as the teams full-time entry [10]

On April 23, Dreyer & Reinbold and Lotus mutually agreed to end their existing engine contract. Subsequently, on May 7, the team announced a strategic alliance with Panther Racing to provide technical support as well as use of the second Chevrolet engine contract held by Panther. The team's performance dramatically improved, with back to back top-5 finishes at Indy and Detroit. Servia would finish the season with 3 more top 10s, eventually finishing 13th in points.

2013 Izod IndyCar Series[edit]

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Continued their partnership with Panther Rcing for the 2013 season with driver Oriol Servia, however the team decided to withdraw from the 2013 season after the Indianapolis 500[11] due to lack of sponsorship. The decision will not affect Panther Racing.

Current Status[edit]

After the 2013 Indianapolis 500, the team cut its staff and pulled out of IndyCar competition due to losing its primary sponsorship. The team made its return in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with the help of Kingdom Racing. They announced their intent to run 2013 Firestone Indy Lights Champion and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Sage Karam for the race. Despite starting 31st, Karam would finish 9th.

Past and Present Drivers[edit]

Racing results[edit]

Complete Indycar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile WDW PHX LVS INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
United States Robbie Buhl 24 1* 7 5 26 18 23 6 13 18
United States Steve Knapp 23 19
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Robbie Buhl 24 11 24 20 15 21 3 9 21 13 9 5 22 3
2002 G-Force Nissan HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Robbie Buhl 22 12 13 DNS 16 20 23 13 21 21 24 10 6 20 18
United States Sarah Fisher 23 4 24 16 14 22 8 8 20 22 11
United States Memo Gidley 24 21
2003 Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States Robbie Buhl 22 19 12 10 23 22 15 15 12 21 13 12 7 9 10 12 11
United States Sarah Fisher 23 15 8 23 31 15 20 19 11 20 15 13 14 DNS 18 19 12
2004 Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States Robbie Buhl 24 10 18 21
Brazil Felipe Giaffone 15 9 10 16 15 13 16 16 16 16 8 20 11
2005 Dallara Honda HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
United States Roger Yasukawa 24 17 18 11 18 18 15 16 22 11 15 18 17 15 11 15 15 16
United States Jeff Bucknum 44 22 22
Brazil Thiago Medeiros DNS
2006 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY SNM CHI
United States Buddy Lazier 5 14 14 14 12 19 16 15 15
Australia Ryan Briscoe 3 9 18 16
United States Sarah Fisher 12 16
United States Al Unser, Jr. 31 24
2007 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI
United States Buddy Rice 15 10 10 10 20 25 18 8 4 5 6 17 8 5 12 11 7 9
United States Sarah Fisher 5 11 15 14 12 18 14 10 7 16 16 15 15 16 14 17 16 12
United States Roger Yasukawa 24 21
2008 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI
United States Buddy Rice 15 11 15 12 20 8 10 8 22 22 4 7 20 11 10 11 19 25
Venezuela Milka Duno 23 20 16 19 17 24 20 17 23 21 23 14
United States Townsend Bell 21 10 11 8 25 19
99 10
2009 Dallara Honda STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
United Kingdom Mike Conway 24 22 21 19 18 20 19 8 18 6 22 20 17 20 3 16 22 15
United Kingdom Darren Manning 23 8 16
Venezuela Milka Duno 16 20 23 17 20 21 17 21 17
United States Roger Yasukawa 20
South Africa Tomas Scheckter 13 6 11 16 19
43 13 22 8 23 9
United States John Andretti 19
United States Davey Hamilton 44 29
2010 Dallara Honda SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22 11 2 7 2 18 7 19 24 10 7* 21 27 6 7 11 16 21
Brazil Ana Beatriz 23 13
South Africa Tomas Scheckter 15
24 13 15 19
United Kingdom Mike Conway 8 19 9 10 14 19
United States Graham Rahal 9
Canada Paul Tracy 14 12 22
United States J. R. Hildebrand 16 24
Brazil Ana Beatriz 24 26
25 21
2011 Dallara Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22 10 19 22 7 16 17 21 10 12 15 5 Wth
South Africa Tomas Scheckter 23
Italy Giorgio Pantano 17 26 16
United States Townsend Bell 11 C1
France Simon Pagenaud 13
24 8
Brazil Ana Beatriz 14 19 24 21 22 22 17 23 11 13 17 14 13 16 19 24 C1
United States Davey Hamilton 11 24 27 25 C1
Canada Paul Tracy 23 25
2012 Dallara DW12 Lotus
Chevrolet
STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
Spain Oriol Servià 22 16 13 16 11 4 5 20 4 21 5 24 25 19 7 19
2013 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON
Spain Oriol Servià 22 17 15 6 4 11
2014 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
United States Sage Karam 22 9
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Official Website http://www.dreyerreinboldracing.com/team/owners.aspx |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ Autosport. February 2, 2010 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81215 |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ Autosport. February 26, 2010 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81710 |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ Autosport. May 12, 2010 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/83542 |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ Autosport. July 8, 2010 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/85084 |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ JustinWilson.co.uk http://justinwilson.co.uk/site.php?section=8&offset=75&item=838 |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ JustinWilson.co.uk http://justinwilson.co.uk/site.php?section=8&offset=75&item=840 |url= missing title (help). 
  8. ^ Autosport. November 11, 2010 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88151 |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ Lotus Signs Dreyer & Reinbold As Factory Team, Speed, November 17, 2011, Retrieved 2011-12-08
  10. ^ [1] DREYER & REINBOLD RACING SIGNS ORIOL SERVIA FOR 2012 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES SEASON
  11. ^ "Oriol Servia to drive for Panther". ESPN. Go.com. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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