CARMEL, Ind. (June 13, 2022) — Dreyer & Reinbold Racing today announced rallycross driver Lane Vacala of Illinois, has signed to compete in full-time in the Nitro Rallycross (Nitro RX) NEXT series set to begin later this month at Lydden Hill in England. The partnership will be Vacala’s third season with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR).
Vacala comes over his most successful season in rallycross to date. Last year in Nitro Rallycross’ NEXT category he earned two podiums and led the championship at one point during the season.
Vacala hails from a karting background as a former driver for the factory Compkart J3 Competition Team. He became has been a top nationally-ranked karting racer and won the Great Lakes Sprint Series Championship in 2014.
Vacala is looking forward to the opportunities that another season of rallycross with DRR provides.
“I’m very grateful to be back with the DRR team,” said Vacala. “The entire crew takes pride in what they do and works extremely hard to give me a competitive car every time I hit the track. I can’t thank Dennis Reinbold and the entire team enough for having me back for a third season. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year. ”
“We are excited to bring Lane Vacala back for another season of NRX NEXT,” said Dennis Reinbold, team owner of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. “We have seen him grow as a driver since he first joined our team in 2019. Last year, he impressed us with podiums and consistent top fives. We believe Lane is in line for more podiums and fighting for wins this season.”
Nitro Rallycross is taking the series global for the first time in its existence. The series kicks off on June 18-19 at Lydden Hill Race Circuit in England.
“It’s very exciting for Nitro RX to go global and allow us to bring the action and experience to fans in different countries. I look forward to racing at all types of new tracks and meeting fans from across the world,” said Vacala.
The NRX NEXT series will make stops in Sweden and Finland before coming to North America for stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Alberta. The series will make its final stop in the United States in March of 2023.
About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 1999 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. 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 driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. 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 as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Al Unser Jr., Sage Karam, and J.R. Hildebrand. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has successfully qualified all 42 drivers for the Indy 500 in its history. DRR, who competed in Rallycross for the first time in 2015, captured the 2016 Lites rallycross championship. In 2021, the team campaigned Tanner Foust and Cabot Bigham in the Supercar division of Nitro Rallycross. Additionally, the team ran a selection of lites cars that included drivers such as Sage Karam, Conner Martell, and Lane Vacala. In 2022, the team will compete in the 2022 NRX rallycross series with the all-new FC1-X all-electric vehicles. Additionally, the team will run a selection of NEXT cars that includes driver Lane Vacala.
About Lane Vacala
Vacala, 25, comes over his most successful season in rallycross to date. Last year in Nitro Rallycross’ NEXT category he earned two podiums and led the championship at one point during the season. He started his karting career at age 15 and won the Great Lakes Sprint Series in the Rotax class. Also won the MRP Club Series and earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals. In 2017, Lane signed with the factory Compkart J3 Competition team in karting and competed in national and international events in Canada and France. In 2019, he joined T.J. Clark Racing in the U.S. Legends Car Championship Series and signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in the American Rallycross (ARX) series. In addition, Vacala signed with the STS Rallycross team based out of Sweden in the RX2 division in the FIA World Rallycross Series. In 2020, Lane joined Dave Freitas Racing to race in the Western Pro F4 open-wheel championship. Lane also competed in various rallycross events in Demark, Finland, and Sweden as part of the Rallyx Nordic Championship. In 2020 he placed third this year in the Silver State Legends Pro Championship and eighth in the Legends World Finals.