Both DRR drivers moving in the right direction in race setup SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 15, 2019) – Both J.R. Hildebrand and Sage Karam improved their respective Indy 500 practice speeds Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the two Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers seems like their racing machines had more left by the end of…
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HILDEBRAND POSTS 226.646 MPH TUESDAY IN INDY 500 PRACTICE, KARAM FEELS BETTER IN HIS WIX FILTERS CHEVY AT 225.851
HILDEBRAND, KARAM RETURN TO FAMED IMS OVAL TUESDAY IN OPENING PRACTICE RUNS FOR THE 103RD INDY 500 WITH DRR
Salesforce & WIX Filters Racers pleased with first day of action SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 14, 2019) – For Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sage Karam, the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice can be anxious, exciting and even nervous when the green flag drops at the world’s greatest racetrack, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway….
VETERAN JR HILDEBRAND FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK AT INDY; TAKES SALESFORCE/DRR CHEVY TO 220.227 IN BRIEF RUN
Rain keeps track action limited Wednesday with JR going for 42 laps SPEEDWAY, Ind. (April 24, 2019) – Even with rain showers throughout the day Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, veteran driver J.R. Hildebrand walked around the world’s greatest race track with a smile on his face as he prepared for Indy 500 testing runs…
JR HILDEBRAND RETURNS TO DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FOR 103RD INDY 500, VETERAN RACER SET TO DRIVE NO. 48 CAR IN HONOR OF DAN GURNEY
JR HILDEBRAND RETURNS TO DREYER & REINBOLD RACING FOR 103RD INDY 500,
VETERAN RACER SET TO DRIVE NO. 48 CAR IN HONOR OF DAN GURNEY
2011 Indy 500 “Rookie of the Year” Teams with Karam in DRR Lineup
INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2018) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing today announced its second Indianapolis 500 entry with veteran driver J.R. Hildebrand driving the No. 48 DRR Chevrolet-powered Dallara in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 set for May 26, 2019.
Hildebrand, an eight-time Indy 500 starter, was the 2011 Indy 500 “Rookie of the Year” and has recorded four top-ten finishes at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Last year, J.R. drove the DRR Chevrolet from the 27th starting position to eleventh after 200 laps in the May 27 event.
The 31-year-old driver joins Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for a second consecutive year at the world’s biggest auto racing event and will drive the No. 48 car, a longtime racing number campaigned by legendary racer/car builder/team owner Dan Gurney. DRR will also field young Sage Karam in the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevy the month of Many at IMS.
Hildebrand, a California native now residing in Boulder, Colo., was the 2009 Indy Lights champion and also captured racing titles in the USF2000 (2006) and SCCA Formula Russell (2004) series. J.R. made his IndyCar Series debut with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2010 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He also drove the DRR IndyCar at Sonoma Raceway that year.
“Last year, we had a great relationship with Dennis Reinbold’s DRR team in our initial Indy 500 effort,” said Hildebrand. “I started my IndyCar career with Dennis back in 2010 when he brought me up to the big leagues in IndyCar Racing. We have always had a great rapport over the years. I have always been impressed with the speed in the race of the DRR team.
“I’m thrilled to have Salesforce back on our race car, and also honoring the great Dan Gurney with the No. 48 this year. Dan was one of my racing heroes, by saluting him in this year’s Indy 500 and campaigning his famed No. 48. Dan’s No. 48 won the 1975 Indy 500 with Bobby Unser driving. Now, we’ll celebrate Dan’s great racing achievements with the No. 48 car.”
Another longtime Indy 500 legacy comes with the Dreyer & Reinbold families at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dating back to 1927 with DRR team owner Dennis Reinbold’s grandfather, Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, serving as a mechanic in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer, a famed motorcycle racer before building and owning racing cars, built a variety of Indy 500 entries, sprint cars and midgets from the 1930s to 1950s.
“I’m very pleased to bring back J.R. to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again this year,” said Reinbold. “Last year, we expanded to two cars with J.R. and Sage and the combination worked very well. J.R.’s experience at Indy brings our team a lot of background to develop the cars quickly in practice and prepare for qualifying. With J.R. and Sage, we have two very talented young drivers who can compete for the win on May 26. Plus, running the No. 48 in honor of Dan Gurney is exciting for me and our team. Dan was one of my heroes as a kid and it will be great to have the No. 48 back at IMS.”
The Gurney legacy, with many Eagle cars competing at the Indy 500, is well-known at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with race wins and record qualifying performances.
“We are very much looking forward to another exciting Indy 500 in 2019,” said Alex Gurney, Dan Gurney’s son. “The number 48 is special to our family as my dad took that number to second place in both ’68 and ’69 as well as a win for AAR as a team and manufacturer in 1975. This is a great tribute to my dad. JR Hildebrand is a special person as well as a fantastic driver and he seems always to be in contention for the win at Indy. I hope he can put the 48 up front in the big race.”
Hildebrand will begin Indy 500 practice laps in the No. 48 DRR Chevrolet Dallara on Tuesday, May 14, when practice rounds open on the historic two and a half-mile oval. Qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indy 500 is set for Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. The start for this year’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 26.
WIX Filters Returns as Official Technical Partner with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing As Driver Sage Karam Enters the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in No. 24 WIX Filters Car
WIX® Filters Returns as Official Technical Partner with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
As Driver Sage Karam Enters the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in No. 24 WIX Filters Car
Global Leader in Filtration Products Continues Involvement in “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”
GASTONIA, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2019) – WIX® Filters announced today it is returning to the 2019 Indianapolis 500 set for May 26 with a continuation of its partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as chief technical partner for the team’s No. 24 Indy 500 entry and driver Sage Karam.
Now in its 80th year of production, the global manufacturer of filtration products begins its seventh season of a multi-level partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, including serving as the Official Technical Partner and oil filter of the team, within several racing forms including the Indy 500 and ARX Rallycross.
“Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and WIX Filters have formed a tremendous partnership for many years now and we’re very excited to continue our technical relationship for another year at the legendary Indy 500 with talented young driver Sage Karam,” said Jeff Blocker, director of sales for WIX. “Dennis Reinbold’s racing team is very experienced and always comes to the world’s biggest race with a solid chance to contend for victory. And Sage has been outstanding to work with on and off the race track. Each year, Sage charges up the Indy 500 field and puts the WIX car in contention and we look forward to another strong performance this year with the No. 24 WIX Filters race car.”
Many racing teams have relied on the performance and quality of WIX Filters for over 50 years, and in return, the race track provides exceptional testing grounds for the WIX engineers.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which has entered and qualified 38 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999, has taken Karam to impressive Indy 500 run in each of his previous four runs in the DRR machine at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway including winning the “Hard Charger” Award as a rookie in 2014. Last year, DRR fielded two drivers in the Indy 500 with Karam in the No. 24 WIX Filters car and veteran J.R. Hildebrand in the No. 66 Salesforce car.
“Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and WIX Filters have enjoyed a great seven-year partnership and we’re thrilled to bring WIX back to the Indy 500 in 2019 with Sage,” said Dennis Reinbold, team owner. “WIX has been a leader in its category for 80 years and has made numerous valuable contributions to motorsports industry as well as to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. We want to put WIX Filters in the winner’s circle this year and Sage will be a solid contender.
“I can’t wait to be back with WIX and DRR for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 and I’m looking forward to putting our No 24 WIX Filters Special in victory lane,” said Karam, the 23-year-old Nazareth, Pa., racer. “This year is WIX Filters 80th anniversary, and I’m excited to help them celebrate throughout the year and represent them on the track. Make sure to follow my social pages along with WIX for behind the scenes race coverage and giveaways.
“WIX Filters is so well known around the world and their staff is outstanding to work with at the track and off. Our WIX IndyCar was a great-looking machine last year and I’m anxious to see this year’s livery as well. Working with a global brand like WIX Filters brings a lot of prestige to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and I’m honored to be a part of this partnership.”
The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing family has a great legacy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dating back to the 1920s with legendary car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, who built cars for the entire front row in 1931. Reinbold, Dreyer’s grandson, has qualified every car he has entered as car owner in the Indy 500 and has recorded four top-10 finishes including a best of fourth in 2012.
“It’s hard to believe this Indy 500 will be my fifth with DRR and each year we have had a strong race car,” Karam continued. “We’ve run in the top 10 each time and we just need to get to that checkered flag again. My racing mindset has improved each year and I’m ready to take the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR car to the front on May 26.”
Karam will enter his sixth career Indy 500 and fifth with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team. But in 2014 as a rookie for DRR, Sage won the “Hard Charger Award” with a spectacular drive from 31st to ninth. In 2016, Sage drove from 23rd to fourth before retiring from the event on lap 94 in DRR machinery. Last year, he came from 24th to sixth on lap 154. Karam also won the Indy Lights point championship in 2013.
Karam will take the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR IndyCar to the IMS oval for the first time on Tuesday, May 14 when practice rounds open on the famed oval. Qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indy 500 is set for Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. The start for this year’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 26.
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THE HOTTEST INDY 500 IN HISTORY MAKES FOR A WILD RACE; HILDEBRAND PLACES 11TH; KARAM RUNS 6TH BEFORE LATE RACE INCIDENT
THE HOTTEST INDY 500 IN HISTORY MAKES FOR A WILD RACE;
HILDEBRAND PLACES 11TH; KARAM RUNS 6TH BEFORE LATE RACE INCIDENT
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Cars Battle in the Top Ten in Sunday’s Indy 500
Speedway, IN (May 27, 2018) — Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sage Karam competed in the hottest race (93 degrees) in the 102-year history of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and drove into the top-ten in tough track conditions Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hildebrand, making his eight Indy 500 start in the No. 66 Salesforce/DRR Chevrolet, started 27th in the 33-driver field and finished 11th after the 200-lap “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in track surface temperatures approaching 130 degrees.
In the middle of the race, Hildebrand ran as high as fifth and used strong pit stops by his Salesforce/DRR crew to utilize different strategy from Karam’s No. 24 WIX Filters/DRR Chevrolet team. Many late race caution periods due to the slick track hurt J.R. changes for a top-ten position.
Will Power won the race and seven different teams placed in top eleven finishes including Dreyer& Reinbold Racing.
“It was a very long race,” said Hildebrand. “We tried very hard to gain some track position in the pits and every time, it sort of ended up to be a little bit of a wash where the yellows fell. They guys did a great job all race long. No mistakes from anyone on the strategy side or pit lane side. Every time we took a gamble, it didn’t really seem to hurt us. Always good to get 500 miles under your belt here (the track) and to finish the race. To see so many guys today have a really tough day as far as handling very poorly really early in the stint. I was fortunate to be right around a few of them and watching them happen like that could have been us if we were a little worse or a little less careful. Happy to bring the thing back in one piece. Would have liked to have snuck it into the top 10 there at the end but kudos to the team. They did a great job with the Salesforce car all month long and what turned out to be real tough conditions.”
“You always appreciate being able to put 200 laps in here. You always are learning a bunch of stuff. You learn things about driving the car. You learn what you need in the car. You learn about conditions and what other guys have learned about the car. We won’t forget that stuff when we come back next year.”
Karam, starting 24th Sunday, drove a superb race to move to seventh by lap 143 and dodged several incidents during the event including mishaps by Danica Patrick, Sebastian Bourdais and Helio Castroneves. By lap 150, Karam’s WIX Filters machine looked to be position for a strong run to the checkered flag in sixth. However, on lap 154, Sage’s car sudden slid around and hit the turn four outside wall, ending his excellent drive.
“I really don’t know what happened because the race car was stable in the rear end all day,” said Karam. “Then all of a sudden, the car just snapped around without any notice. It is extremely puzzling. The car was pushing in turn four all day and it felt like I cut a tire or something. We had a pretty good car all day and then that happened. I’m upset because I felt like I might have cut a tire. We had a car to race into the top-five today. I feel badly because the DRR crew worked so hard to prepare a good machine this month. Then this happens. I love Indy so much and now my race ends like this. I know I want to come back here next year and race hard again.”
Team owner Dennis Reinbold felt both of his Indy 500 drivers put in strong performances in tough conditions Sunday.
“We had a good plan, similar to the winner’s today,” said Reinbold. “With Sage, we ran steady and solid to go from 24th to sixth by lap 150. He drove a great race in the WIX Filters Chevy. Then I think he might have cut a tire in the debris from the previous crash in turn four. He had no warning and the car instantly went sideways. Our plan and strategy were good ones with Sage. We were in position to challenge for a top spot. It is unfortunate to have that incident after a strong run today.
“For J.R., he did a good job coming from 27th to 11th. Obviously, we aren’t happy with 11th here, but he had some great restarts and drove hard all day. It was great to have J.R. and Salesforce join our DRR team this year. I want to thank them for the month of May here.”
KARAM, HILDEBRAND COMPLETE ‘CARB DAY’ FRIDAY PRACTICE FOR 102ND INDY 500; SAGE RECORDS 223.278 MPH, JR CLOCKS 222.027 MPH
Hot temperatures will make for interesting track conditions in Sunday’s Indy 500 Speedway, IN (May 25, 2018)- The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing duo of Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand completed their “Carb Day” testing runs Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as preparations continued for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for Sunday, May 27, at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Both of…
SKARAM HITS 225.823 MPH, HILDEBRAND CLOCKS 225.418 MPH Team hit the IMS Oval Monday for Practice Runs, then Media Days on Tuesday Speedway, IN (May 20, 2018) – Soaring temperatures in the afternoon caused for a tricky second qualification session for the Dreyer & Reinbold team Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand qualified for their…
HILDEBRAND & KARAM SECURE QUALIFYING SPOTS FOR 102ND INDY 500; JR’S SALESFORCE CHEVY CLOCKS 226.499; SAGE’S WIX FILTERS CHEVY 226.065 MPH
HILDEBRAND & KARAM SECURE QUALIFYING SPOTS FOR 102ND INDY 500;
JR’S SALESFORCE CHEVY CLOCKS 226.499; SAGE’S WIX FILTERS CHEVY 226.065 MPH
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s qualifying mark continues; 39 entries, 39 starters
Speedway, IN (May 19, 2018) – Ever-changing weather conditions were the story of the first day of qualifications for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, which was also Bump Day. This became a huge factor for the Dreyer and Reinbold teammates of Sage Karam and JR Hildebrand as they made their qualification runs.
The day included two weather delays, which only added to the pressure of qualifications for the entire field. For the No. 24 WIX Filters and No. 66 Salesforce teams, the qualifying runs were intriguing, but still had room to improve on heading into Sunday’s qualifying.
Hildebrand qualified in the 16th position on Saturday to confirm his starting entry for the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday at an average speed of 226.499 mph. Karam also confirmed his spot in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” with an average of 226.065 mph. Positions qualified in today’s session do not determine their starting positions for the race next Sunday.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s qualifying record continued since 1999 with 39 entries and 39 Indy 500 starters.
The 23-year old Karam was encouraged by his run, but knows he has some things to fix ahead of his one-shot run on Sunday.
“My goal most importantly was to make the field. We did that,” Karam said. “We missed the set up a little. With the weather ever changing, it was hard to find out what way you wanted to go. If I would’ve gone out before the second rain shower, we probably would have been quicker. It’s okay. We missed the gear ratio and downforce a little.”
“But thankfully, I have a teammate I can go over data with. I screwed up with a down shift on the first lap, which made it slow. If that’s fixed, the average goes up. But, we’ll come back tomorrow.”
Hildebrand was feeling similar emotions following his earlier run that beat the second rain shower over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the afternoon.
“The consistency was pretty good. It’s hard with conditions, they’re changing a lot even from this morning to this afternoon. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect,” Hildebrand said.
“Hats off to these boys at Dreyer & Reinbold for being a one-off team here to be able to get it dialed in as much as we have. We’ve had a bit of a hectic week with everything that went down on Thursday, so props to the boys. Happy to be comfortably in the mix with the Salesforce Chevy this year.”
Qualifying resumes tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 pm EDT for positions 10-33, which includes Karam and Hildebrand. This session determines the racing field positions 10-33, followed by the “Fast 9” shootout in the late afternoon.
The 102nd Indy 500 gets underway Sunday, May 27, at 12:15 p.m. EDT.
WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGE AT IMS FRIDAY FOR KARAM & HILDEBRAND AS THE DREYER & REINBOLD RACING PAIR PREPARE FOR SATURDAY QUALIFYING
WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGE AT IMS FRIDAY FOR KARAM & HILDEBRAND AS THE DREYER & REINBOLD RACING PAIR PREPARE FOR SATURDAY QUALIFYING
Sage Takes WIX Filters Chevy to 227.593 MPH; JR Drives Salesforce Chevy to 227.242 MPH
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 18, 2018) – Changing weather is always a major concern for the Verizon IndyCar Series teams at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May, and today’s “Fast Friday” proved out that theory for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing drivers Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand.
After hot, humid conditions for the first three days of practice runs for 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the overcast, cooler air produced better speeds along with the addition of more turbocharger boost for the IndyCar engines.
After successful “race trim” runs throughout the week, it was time for Karam and Hildebrand to work on the qualifying settings and four-lap simulations laps.
At the end of the “Fast Friday” runs, Karam drove his No. 24 WIX Filters/DRR Chevrolet to a best speed of 227.593 miles per hour, while Hildebrand, whose No. 66 Salesforce/DRR Chevrolet clipped the wall in Thursday’s practice, set a top speed Friday of 227.242 m.p.h.
Marco Andretti led the 35-car field on Friday with speed of 231.802 m.p.h.
“Today we did six qualifying simulations,” said Karam. “We tried to make it as real as possible. Obviously, sometimes you get caught out by some other cars. But we did six pretty clean runs. Learned a lot. This new car is just different. Some of this stuff is so different from last year. It’s been a learning experience for myself, JR, and the team.
“The last few qualifying sims have been improvements. Car feels really solid. The car felt pretty good. Qualifying will be very interesting and exciting. We have to attack as it’s going to be very close.”
Hildebrand praised his DRR crew for the quick repairs Thursday evening after the brush the with turn three wall and turned in a team 49 laps Friday.
“I feel like we definitely made some progress today,” J.R. said. “For sure, the way we ended yesterday (Thursday) didn’t help. Guys had to do a fair amount of extra work to get things prepped and we ended up going out this morning. We ended just a little bit behind, but that’s on me and I feel like we ended up getting to where we wanted to try and get to by the end of today. Great work by the team. Great work by the engineers. The car feels pretty good out there. I feel like we are in a pretty good position and we will see what comes our way.”
On Saturday, a morning practice session, starting at 8 a.m., precedes the “Bump Day” qualifying rounds with Hildebrand scheduled to go out for the four-lap time trial in the 38th position and Karam in the 47th spot. Qualifying begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The 102nd Indy 500 gets underway Sunday, May 27, at 12:15 p.m. EDT.