“Unique Look” of Chevy Machine Latest in Long Line of Dreyer & Reinbold Family Cars
INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2015) – Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing today unveiled its latest race car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 set on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
The “Unique Look” of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special fits perfectly with luxury clothing brand from New York City as veteran driver Townsend Bell will make his ninth start in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in the Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12 machine.
Bell, 40, has shown outstanding speed during his racing career at the “World’s Great Racing Facility” including running second in the 2014 Indy 500 with just 15 laps remaining before a rear suspension part failed. Bell’s best finish at Indy is fourth in 2009.
This latest Indy 500 version of the Dreyer & Reinbold family machinery continues a great legacy that dates back to 1927 when the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, Dennis Reinbold’s grandfather, served as a mechanic and crewman in the Benny Shoaff/Babe Stapp-driven Duesenberg. Dreyer, a factory motorcycle racer in 1920s, later became a renowned race car builder including constructing bodies for the three cars on the front row of the 1931 Indy 500 as well as many series and race-winning sprint cars and midgets.
Today, both the 2015 No. 24 Robert Graham Special and the 1938 AAA Eastern Championship-winning “Pop” Dreyer sprint car driven by Duke Nalon were displayed side-by-side to provide the heritage of the Dreyer & Reinbold family racing history over the decades.
“I am very proud and excited to unveil our family’s latest entry in the Indianapolis 500,” said Reinbold, who entered his first 500 as a car owner in 1999. “Our No. 24 Robert Graham Special has one of the most unique paint schemes in the 2015 field and I am pleased that we can show my grandfather’s championship-winning car next to our newest model. In addition to be a great-looking race car, we believe it will be fast for Townsend on May 24 too.”
“Robert Graham is a luxury clothing line and a great partner with the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom team,” said Bell, the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring champion. “Robert Graham styling fits right in with the essence of the Indy 500. The Robert Graham Special will once again sport a very distinctive look at IMS this May.”
In addition, the Robert Graham Special will salute NASCAR legend and Indiana favorite Jeff Gordon in his final full-season in motorsports. The 24 script on Bell’s Indy 500 mount will match the No. 24 of Gordon’s Chevrolet race car.
“We felt it was appropriate to salute Jeff’s tremendous career at the Brickyard by running the number he’s made so famous,” said Bell. “Today’s unveiling is a tribute to Jeff during May that the fans will enjoy.”
In addition to the No. 24 script matching Gordon’s NASCAR Chevrolet, Bell also developed a photo montage of Jeff’s five Brickyard 400 victories for his race car’s cockpit.
On May 24, Gordon will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car for the 99th Indianapolis 500.
“I want to thank Townsend, Dennis and the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom team for their salute to my success at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this year’s Indy 500,” said Gordon, the first Brickyard 400 winner in 1994. “While I have had great success at The Brickyard as a NASCAR driver, the Indy 500 has always been a special event for me and this year’s race presents a very cool, unique opportunity – one that I will surely never forget. I cannot wait to lead Townsend and the other competitors to the green flag on May 24 in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.”
Bell and the No. 24 Robert Graham Special will run their first official 2015 Indy 500 laps Monday, May 11, in practice with qualifications set for Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The famed 500-mile classic will start at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 24.