DREYER & REINBOLD RACING READY FOR TWIN RING MOTEGI

Motegi, Japan (September 15, 2011)- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is rested and ready to race.  The team is eager to turn their luck around and make the most of the final road course event of the season at the famous Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.  This will mark Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's ninth time to compete at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, but the first time on the 2.983-mile road course, and who better to do it with than two racing pros, Giorgio Pantano who will pilot the No. 22 Kona Deep machine, and Ana Beatriz who will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Ipiranga car.

DRR's best finish at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit is 10th in 2003, 2007 and 2008.

Buddy Rice finished in 10th for the team in both 2007 and 2008.

After a very impressive showing at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago and again at Baltimore, it was announced this week that Giorgio Pantano will return to the team. He is ready to get back in the cockpit again and continue to show everyone what he's got.  Not only did DRR announce Giorgio to pilot the No. 22 machine, but they also announced Kona Deep will be the primary on his car.  The Hawaiian-based company joined forces as a sponsor partner with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing last year and came back on board this season. Kona Deep has served as a team associate for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series and will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 22 machine at The Final Indy Japan next week.

Although the Padua, Italy native is new to DRR, he is not new to the IZOD IndyCar Series. Pantano, who is filling in again for the injured Justin Wilson, has made his return to the IZOD IndyCar Series after competing in the Auto GP Series last year and Superleague Formula in 2009. The Italian brings a wide range of experience to the table after winning the GP2 title in 2008, competing in F3000, Formula One and IndyCar for two road course events with Chip Ganassi Racing. In 2005, Pantano competed at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International Raceway with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ana Beatriz is ready to conquer the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The Brazilian continues to prove that she is graduating from rookie status. Beatriz, secured her best IZOD IndyCar career qualifying result in Sonoma a couple of weeks ago with a 10th place starting spot. In July of this year, she earned her best IZOD IndyCar result in Toronto, Canada when she brought the car home in 11th place.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will be on track for The Final Japan Indy 300 in Motegi, Japan on September 17th. The race telecast will air live on Saturday, September 17th at 11:30 pm (EDT) on VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 94, and Sirius channel 212.

 

What they have to say...

Giorgio Pantano, No. 22 Kona Deep: "I think that we can have a good run. We did quite well at Sonoma, which was a road course, and I hope that we can do well to be honest. When I was racing in Europe, I ran on that type of circuit, like Twin Ring Motegi, and I have more experience on that type of circuit. I believe that we will do well there and I'm looking forward to it."

Ana Beatriz, No. 24 Ipiranga: "I think that it's going to be very interesting. It will be a new track to learn. I watched some races that took place there and it looks like a fun circuit. Hopefully we will have a great platform with our setup and we can improve well and have a good result over the weekend."