Dreyer & Reinbold Racing have confirmed that Mecum Auctions will return to the team as primary sponsor for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the end of the month.
DRR who are powered by Chevrolet will run two cars this year will run two cars with Sage Karam returning to the No.24 Chevrolet while JR Hildebrand makes his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the first time since the season ending race in Sonoma last September.
Hildebrand will drive the No.66 Mecum Auctions DRR Chevrolet. Speaking following the announcement, president and founder of Mecum Auctions Dana Mecum commented saying:
Mecum’s annual 2,000-vehicle collector-car auction in Indianapolis each May is always a huge event, and our auction ties well into the biggest show in racing, the Indianapolis 500. “Between our tremendous Indianapolis auction and the Indy 500 association with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, this month of May is annually one of our most exciting celebrations. I can’t wait to put a Mecum ‘SOLD’ sticker on the bottle of milk in Victory Lane with DRR this year.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team owner Dennis Reinbold commented on the news saying:
We have had an outstanding association with Dana Mecum and his Mecum Auctions for many years, and we are thrilled to have them back at the Indy 500 in 2018. “Mecum Auctions’ big show annually at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a spectacular presentation and fits in well with the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ just a week later. Thanks again to Dana and his entire crew for their support over the years. I’d love to put Mecum Auctions in the winner’s circle on May 27 with Sage or J.R.
Sage Karam who is competing in his fifth Indianapolis 500, (fourth with DRR) commented by saying:
I watch Mecum Auctions on NBCSN regularly. “I really enjoyed going to the Indy show last year, and it was a blast. I’m a car guy like most of the people in the Indy 500 garages. I can tell you that the Mecum sponsorship gets me very excited because of my interest in their cars. To work with a partner which has some very historic and amazing machinery is very cool for me. I’m so happy to have Mecum Auctions back with DRR this year at Indy.