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CAN A SMALL ONE-CAR TEAM STILL WIN THE INDY 500? LOCAL DREYER & REINBOLD – KINGDOM RACING THINKS SO

Townsend Bell Looks to Upset the Multi-Car Efforts in Qualifying and the Race

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 14, 2015) – Is it possible for a one-car team to still win the “World’s Biggest Auto Race,” the famous Indianapolis 500?

Not since 2011 when Dan Wheldon scored a popular last-lap victory for Bryan Herta Autosport has a single-car effort pulled off the nearly impossible feat against the likes of the Penske, Ganassi and Andretti multi-car contingents.

Local Indy racing star Ed Carpenter fought off the “super” teams in 2013 to capture the pole position in his own one-car operation and the Butler graduate led the most laps in the race before settling for 10th in the 200-lap classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now, even Carpenter’s team has expanded to a three-car faction in an effort to gain as much information between the three teams to lead to the coveted Borg-Warner Trophy presentation.

So when local businessman Dennis Reinbold agreed to run veteran driver Townsend Bell in a single-car organization in this year’s 99th running of the Indy 500, most Indy 500 experts dismissed any chance of the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing scoring the 500 win.

“We have run multi-car teams many times at the Indy 500,” said Reinbold, whose family legacy at the Indy 500 dates back to 1927 when his grandfather, Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, served as a crewman on the Duesenberg. “But we felt if we put our total concentration to Townsend’s Robert Graham Special that we could have a very competitive effort in qualifying and the race.”

So far, Reinbold’s little team has been impressive in practice runs this weekend including Wednesday’s sensational 228.969 mile per hour lap that put Bell, the 40-year-old from Pacific Palisades, Calif., second overall.

“We have been working right through our checklist of items with the engineering department and the mechanics,” said Reinbold, entering his 16th consecutive Indy 500 as a team owner. “So far everything has been working well. We know we are the ‘underdogs’ against the larger teams like Penske, Ganassi, Andretti and others. But we believe our program is solid and Townsend is a very good driver.”

Bell, an eight-time Indy 500 starter, matches his team’s Indy 500-only mentality with just the “one-off” drive annually at Indy. Bell is an analyst on Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts for the NBC Sport Network as well as a regular on the TUDOR United Sports Car Series. He has won both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in recent years.

“To be honest, the Indianapolis 500 is the only race I want to drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Bell, whose best Indy 500 finish is fourth in 2009. “I have a regular sports car gig and I really enjoy working on the NBS Sports telecasts. Plus I have other television ventures now too.”

But Bell’s passion, like every other driver in the 33-car field at Indy, is to win the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the father of two young sons knows he only gets this opportunity once a year.

“And I want to make the most of it,” said Bell. “I have worked with multi-car teams in the past at Indy. But I saw the effort and the progress that Dennis’ team has many here with a single-car operation. They have full-time people working all year for this one race and I know they have a solid, experienced team that can produce a race-winning car. So far, things have been moving in the right direction for the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing.”

Bell posted the fifth fastest speed (226.519 m.p.h.) in Tuesday’s practice runs followed by a 228.969 reading in Wednesday’s action at the famed 2.5-oval just west of downtown Indianapolis.

“It’s still early for everything that goes on at the Indy 500,” said Bell. “But I still feel that a one-car squad can be right in the thick of things in qualifications this weekend and next Sunday in the race. Dennis and his team manager Chase Selman have put together a very good team to battle the big organizations. So we’ll fight for the ‘little’ teams this month. Hey, maybe we’ll be the Hickory in IndyCar racing. We are in Indiana, you know.”

Qualifications will be held this Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, to determine the 33-driver lineup for the 99th running of the Indy 500, which is scheduled for a noon start on May 24.

Townsend Bell Improves Speed Tuesday to 226.519 MPH For Fifth Fastest in 2nd Day of Indy 500 Practice

Single-Car Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing Shows Speed with Big Teams

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 12, 2015) – One wouldn’t know that driver Townsend Bell hasn’t been in an IndyCar in nearly a year after the California native’s strong Tuesday runs in the second day of practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bell, the 40-year-old veteran from Pacific Palisades, Calif., recorded the fifth fastest speed of the day with a clocking of 226. 519 miles per hour in the Chevrolet-powered No. 24 Robert Graham Special. Bell completed 69 laps Tuesday in cooler and breezy conditions around the legendary 2.5-mile oval.

Helio Castroneves was the fastest Tuesday at 227.514 m.p.h followed by Simon Pagenaud at 227.382, Scott Dixon at 226.769, Justin Wilson at 226.688 and Bell. Wednesday’s practice at IMS is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m.

“It was another good day for our team,” said Bell, an eight-time Indy 500 starter. “I feel like we are in a window where we have a feel for what we might want on race day. And it was nice to get some pit stop practice in today as well. The Robert Graham Special feels very good so far and we are moving through our list of engineering items. We are still learning. These are still early days and we trying to understand all of the aero data. We have a great group of guys who know how to get through that data. Looking forward to Wednesday now.”

Dennis Reinbold, team owner of Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing, was pleased with the team’s progression during the second round of practice Tuesday. Reinbold’s single-car effort is taking on the bigger teams like Penske, Ganassi and Andretti, and Tuesday’s speed by Bell was right in the thick of things on the charts.

“We have a list of settings and conditions we are working with each day,” said Reinbold, whose family legacy at IMS dates back to 1927. “We are working through that list very well and the engineers are collecting data that will help us for this weekend’s qualifying and next weekend’s race. The wind was whipping again today and we have to monitor those conditions constantly.”

Qualifying rounds are scheduled for this Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, with the 500-mile race beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 24.

Townsend Bell Returns To IndyCar Cockpit for 1st Time in a Year, Hits 223.6 in Indy 500 Opening Practice Day

Townsend Bell Posts 223.637 MPH in his 1st IndyCar Run Since last May for 14th Fastest Monday in Indy 500 Practice
Regular IndyCar Series TV Analyst Jumps Back into Robert Graham Special Quickly

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 11, 2015) – From the smile on Townsend Bell’s face Monday, you could tell the veteran driver of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special was extremely happy to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 99th Indianapolis 500.

Bell, an eight-time Indianapolis 500-Mile Race starter, returned to action at the “World’s Greatest Racing Facility” for the first time since last May 25 when he ran as high as second with 20 laps remaining in the 98th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

And Bell didn’t hesitate to step on the throttle Monday despite being out of the cockpit for nearly a year as he posted a best speed of 223.637 miles per hour in his 70 laps in the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing-prepared Chevrolet-power Dallara DW12.

“We really didn’t have any issues today as the crew did a great job preparing the Robert Graham Special for me,” said Bell, whose best Indy 500 finish was fourth in 2009. I want to thank Davey Hamilton for shaking down the car at the test. The driver (Bell) has a few kinks to work out here at Indy but it feels so good to come back to the Speedway. Compared to what I race in the sports car, this feels like a rocket ship.”

Bell, race analyst for NBC Sports Network, took to the famed 2.5-mile oval earlier in the day for some refresher laps and completed 31 circuits with a best speed of 218 m.p.h. as the Verizon IndyCar Series officials demanded speeds around 215. But, after a rain delay, some 30 drivers, including Bell, hit the racing surface for the opening day of practice and Townsend secured another 39 laps with consistent speeds in the 223 m.p.h. range.

Sage Karam recorded the fastest speed of the day at 225.802. Bell finished 14th.

“Not much was different from last year for me except that the gusts of wind were coming across the front straightaway from the tunnels of the main grandstand,” Bell said. “That did affect my car at times. In fact, I thought the car was broken at one time due to the wind bouncing the car around. It was an interesting experience but I’m glad I felt it today. Overall, it was a very good first day and I think we can improve on it.”

Assisting the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing team Monday was two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser Jr., who served as a spotter in turn three for Bell. Unser Jr., Infy 500 winner in 1992 and 1994, will spot for Bell for three days this week.

“It is an honor to have Al helping us this week,” said Bell. “Whatever tidbit of information I can take from a legend like Al is a benefit at Indy. It’s great to have him help us this week.”

The second day of practice for the 99th Indy 500 is set for Tuesday, May 12, from 12 – 6 p.m. Qualifying rounds will take place this Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, with the 500-mile race scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 24.

No. 24 Robert Graham Special Unveiled Today for 99th Indianapolis 500 with Driver Townsend Bell

“Unique Look” of Chevy Machine Latest in Long Line of Dreyer & Reinbold Family Cars

TB DR Unveiling 2 May 8

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.

TB DR Unveiling 1 May 8

Loftus Robinson Named Associate Partner for Indy 500 entry with Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing No. 24 Chevrolet

Local Indy-based Real Estate Development Company Added to Townsend Bell-driven Car

INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2015) – Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing announced today Loftus Robinson, an Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer, will serve as an associate partner for its No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet-powered entry driven by veteran Townsend Bell for the 99th edition of the Indy 500 scheduled for May 24.

Loftus Robinson, a start-up based in Indianapolis operated by founding principals Drew Loftus and Kyle Robinson – focused on mixed-use urban style projects and value-add office buildings. “We want to build projects where we’d like to live and work along with our friends. It’s all about creating spaces people can really enjoy – office or apartment.”

Loftus Robinson is making its debut in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 2015.

“Loftus Robinson is a rapidly-growing company in Indianapolis and we are very pleased to have them join us as a partner in the Indy 500,” Dennis Reinbold, team owner of Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing. “Drew and Kyle are two of the top young executives around – we look forward to working with Loftus Robinson through the month of May and into the future. We hope to put them in victory lane on May 24.”

Loftus Robinson believes their passion for the city and its growing entrepreneurial culture ties in well with Dreyer & Reinbold and the No. 24 Robert Graham Special driven by Bell.

“Being natives of Indiana, attending the race is a tradition and we are thrilled to be a partner with Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing. It’s a great looking entry with the Robert Graham brand and a tremendous driver in Townsend Bell,” said Loftus, the Indiana State University graduate. “It’s great to partner with a local Indianapolis team – something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid. We can’t wait to see Townsend and this car can do!”

Loftus Robinson has multiple projects under construction including The Switch in Fishers and the JF Wild Building on Market Street downtown Indianapolis.

Loftus Robinson’s association with the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing team begins with opening day of Indy 500 practice rounds set for Monday, May 11. Qualifying for the 99th Indy 500 is schedule for Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will start at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May. 24.

Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing to Unveil “The Old and the New” Friday at Noon at the IMS Pagoda

Robert Graham Special Latest Car in Dreyer & Reinbold Family Legacy

Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing will unveil “The Old and the New” this Friday (May 8) at noon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate the Dreyer & Reinbold Family Legacy at the world’s greatest racing facility.
The latest car from the Dreyer & Reinbold Family Racing legacy, the No. 24 Robert Graham Special driven by veteran Townsend Bell, will be displayed on the bricks behind the Pagoda along with a historic Floyd “Pop” Dreyer-built and owned race car from the 1930s.
Robert Graham, the New York-based luxury men’s fashion brand, returns to the 99th Indy 500 after debuting as a primary partner of Bell’s entry in 2014 “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The No. 24 car has one of the wildest paint schemes in the 99th Indy 500 along with a tribute to Jeff Gordon in the cockpit area.
The Dreyer & Reinbold family legacy dates back to the 1927 Indy 500 when “Pop” Dreyer served as a mechanic and crewman on the Benny Shoaff/Babe Stapp-driven Duesenberg. Dreyer later became a world-renowned race car builder including building bodies for the entire 1931 Indy 500 front row. He also built and owned series- winning sprint cars and midgets.
In addition, Floyd Dreyer Jr. was a crewman on Lloyd Ruby’s Indy 500 car in the 1960s and 1970s as well as Dennis Reinbold’s uncle, Bill Spoerle, who was crew chief of Elmer George’s Indy 500 entry in the 1960s. Spoerle later became the restoration director for the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

WHAT: Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing “The Old and the New” Unveiling

WHEN: Friday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda, NOON

WHO: Townsend Bell and Dennis Reinbold

DETAILS: Unveiling of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special for the 99th Indy 500 with the 1930’s Pop Dreyer car

Davey Hamilton Subs for Townsend Bell Sunday in Indy 500 Opening Day in No. 24 Robert Graham Special

Veteran Indy 500 Racer Drives DW12 Chassis for 1st Time

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 3, 2015) – Davey Hamilton filled in for regular driver Townsend Bell Sunday in the No. 24 Robert Graham Special as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for testing for the 99th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Hamilton, an 11-time Indy 500 starter, hadn’t driven the Dallara DW12 chassis until Sunday after his Indy 500 appearance was in 2011 and the Idaho native turned in 27 laps in the Chevrolet-powered Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing machine. The 52-year-old short track racing star clocked a best lap of 219.960 miles per hour Sunday.

Hamilton is manager director of Kingdom Racing, the partner of the team’s Indy 500 entry.

Bell, an eight-time Indy 500 starter, was not available to test the No. 24 Robert Graham Special due to his racing commitments in the TUDOR United Sports Car Series. Townsend drove the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari at Monterey, Calif., this weekend but will be in cockpit of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special when Indy 500 practice continues on Monday, May 11.

“That was my first time in the DW12 chassis,” said Hamilton. “I have not driven an IndyCar since 2011 with the old car. But it felt good to run around this place again. With Townsend (Bell) on the West Coast for the sports car race, it was good for our team to get the shake down run with the Chevrolet bodywork. I think we have a direction to go with the car when Townsend comes back to drive. Actually, I think these cars are easier to drive than the old chassis. Plus you have the clutch on the steering wheel and just a lot of little things in the cockpit that are different. So I had to get use to that stuff. We didn’t run too much but I got up to 220 for a start. I will tell Townsend I got the first 220 in the car and now he has to get the rest.”

Team owner Dennis Reinbold was pleased with Hamilton’s performance Sunday and the team’s learning of the new Chevrolet speedway body kit.

“It’s always a great feeling to come back to the Speedway,” said Reinbold. “We just ran 27 laps today with Davey (Hamilton) and we wanted to get some data with the new Chevrolet body kit. We accomplished that this afternoon. Davey did a great job to get us up to a good speed despite the limited laps. Those laps put us that much further ahead of the program when Townsend comes back on May 11 for the Indy 500 practice. It was a good day for us.”

Townsend Bell To Drive No. 24 Robert Graham Special in 99th Indianapolis 500

Townsend Bell To Drive No. 24 Robert Graham Special in 99th Indianapolis 500

Indy-based Team to Field Chevy-Powered Car in “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 18, 2015) – Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing announced today veteran open-wheel racer Townsend Bell will drive the No. 24 Robert Graham Special in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Bell, 39, will compete in his ninth Indy 500 with the Robert Graham Special, a Chevrolet-powered Dallara chassis with the new Chevrolet speedway body kit.  Bell previously drove for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2008.

Robert Graham, the New York-based luxury men’s fashion brand, returns to the Indy 500 after debuting in 2014 as a primary partner of Bell’s entry in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Townsend back in our car for the Indianapolis 500,” said Reinbold, a longtime Indy 500 owner. “Townsend has proven to be contender at Indy for many years including last year’s event when he was running second with ten laps to go.  With the Robert Graham brand, we feel Townsend and No. 24 Chevrolet-powered machine will be right in the thick of things when the checkered flag is in the air on May 24.”

The Dreyer & Reinbold family has a tremendous legacy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dating back to 1927 when Dennis’ grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, served as a mechanic and crewman in the Benny Shoaff/Babe Stapp-driven Duesenberg.

Dreyer, an Indian factory motorcycle racer in the 1920s, later became a world-renown race car builder including cars on the front row of the Indy 500 in the 1930s and series and race-winning sprint cars and midgets.

“I am very excited to come back to the Indy 500 with Robert Graham as well as Dreyer & Reinbold this year,” said Bell, the 2001 Indy Lights champion. “Robert Graham is a very unique partner. They bring a world-class luxury brand to the greatest race in the world. We have a great opportunity to put them in victory lane onMay 24.  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 by running the number he’s made so famous,” said Bell, who’s best Indy 500 finish was fourth in 2009. “We will unveil a tribute to Jeff during May that the fans will enjoy.”

Bell, a 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring champion, continues his many 2015 activities on and off the track as the Californian also competes in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 along with his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Bell is the only driver that will compete in both Indy 500 and Le Mans this season.

Bell also serves a race analyst for NBC Sports Network in the Verizon IndyCar Series and hosts other television shows including “Shut Up and Drive” and “What’Cha Got.”

Practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 11 with qualifications set for Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.  The famed 500-mile classic will start at noon EDT on Sunday, May 24.

 

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