SPEEDWAY, IN (May 23, 2023) – Veteran driver Graham Rahal has been named the replacement driver for the injured Stefan Wilson today in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports/CareKeepers Chevrolet for this Sunday’s (May 28) 107th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wilson was injured Monday in Indy 500 practice when his IndyCar was struck from behind by Katherine Legge’s machine and forced into the outside safer barrier in turn one at the famed 2.5-mile oval.
In the incident, Wilson suffered a fracture of the 12th thoracic vertebrae and will not be allowed to compete in this Sunday’s Indy 500. The British native qualified for Sunday’s 200-lap event in the 25th position with a four-lap average speed of 231.648 miles per hour.
Rahal, son of the 1986 Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, will compete in his 16th Indianapolis 500 after placing third twice (2011 and 2020) and fifth (2015). The Ohio native attempted to qualify in this year’s 500 Mile Race, but he was bumped from the 33-car field late on Sunday afternoon.
Rahal is a six-time NTT IndyCar Series race winner and also captured the 2011 Rolex 24 Sports Car Classic at Daytona. Graham drove for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Iowa Speedway in 2010 to ninth place. Rahal’s partners — Fifth Third Bank and United Rentals – will also join the No. 24 car.
The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team also qualified the No. 23 DreyerReinbold.com Chevy with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay in the 18th spot last Saturday with an average speed of 232.133 m.p.h.
“We are very sad that Stefan was injured Monday and now is unable to compete this Sunday in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports/CareKeepers Chevrolet,” said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team owner. “Stefan put so much effort into this race that it is just heartbreaking for this to have happened.” “However, we are announcing that Graham Rahal will now drive the No. 24 car this Sunday. We have known Graham for over a decade as he drove our car in 2010 at Iowa Speedway. He suffered through a tough weekend here, but we believe Graham can perform very well this Sunday.
“And I want to thank Bobby Rahal and his entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team for granting us the opportunity to have Graham join us this week. We also want to thank everyone in the IndyCar Series garage area for offering their assistance after Stefan’s unfortunate incident on Monday. So many people came to us and asked if we needed anything yesterday. It shows the camaraderie within the NTT IndyCar Series. We are anxious to get Graham on the track now in the No. 24 machine.”
“First and foremost, the only thing that matters is that Stefan is doing well considering the circumstances,” said Don Cusick, Founder & CEO of Cusick Motorsports. “We are completely gutted for Stefan and now will miss his favorite racing event, the legendary Indy 500. We wouldn’t be here without him, and we are committed to supporting him every step on the way to recovery and beyond. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and our partners have been nothing but supportive and I couldn’t be more thankful. I am happy that we could fill the seat of the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports/CareKeepers Chevy with a quality replacement in Graham Rahal. Graham knows the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval very well and we wish him the best this Sunday in the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“I’ll admit it was a very tough weekend for me and the United Rentals/Fifth Third Bank/RLL team,” said Rahal. “We tried everything, and we just didn’t have the speed. I’m very sad that Stefan was injured in practice on Monday. I wish him a quick recovery. I want to thank Dennis and Don for giving me this opportunity in the No. 24 car. I’m anxious to work with the team and prepare for the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500.”
The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports team is currently preparing the backup Dallara chassis for Rahal and Graham is scheduled to drive the No. 24 this Friday in the two-hour practice session as part of the famed “Carb Day” activities.
About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 1999 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold and Chicago businessman Eric De Bord. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg team.Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s, many of which started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, FL, and has fielded a variety of drivers including Al Unser jr., Buddy Rice, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Sage Karam, and J.R. Hildebrand. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has successfully qualified 46 drivers for the Indy 500 in its history. DRR competed in Rallycross for the first time in 2013 and captured the 2016 Lites rallycross title. The team competed in the Nitro RX series with the 1-2-3 Championship in the 2022-23 Nitro RX Group E class with Robin Larrson, Andreas Bakkerud and Fraser McConnell.
About Cusick Motorsports
Founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Don Cusick, Cusick Motorsports was created to make the racing industry more accessible to all. As a marketing and business-to-business incubator, Cusick Motorsports creates bespoke programs for its partners across a variety of racing series. Ever since the first Indianapolis 500 held in 1911, the world of motorsports has stood for speed and innovation, both off and on the track. From breaking the 200 MPH barrier and developing safety technologies that have saved thousands of lives on public roads, to enabling exponential growth for 439 Fortune 500 companies, motorsports has created an entirely new way to blend sports with business.
But the threshold for getting into the industry has not been easy for most companies. An entrepreneur in the Healthcare Industry for over 40 years, Don Cusick saw the opportunity to make the motorsports industry more accessible for all, and built Cusick Motorsports to open these opportunities. With a team of motorsports and corporate business experts, we work hand in hand with our partners in identifying their key business needs, and create and execute the solutions from A-Z, lowering the threshold to get involved in the world of motorsports.