Dreyer and Reninbold Racing’s Dennis Reinbold says that the team knows that they have two quick cars after both Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No.23 DRR Chevrolet and Stefan Wilson in the No.24 CareKeepers DRR with Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet made it into the field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing at the first time of asking on Saturday.
Speaking following the action, Reinbold commented saying
“We know we have good race cars after this week’s practice runs. We were a little disappointed in our first qualifying runs for both drivers. We had some speed fall off in the last two laps for both guys. We know what happened there, so we look to run again with those adjustments. We believe we can be more consistent with all four laps again and improved our four-lap averages.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 23 Chevrolet at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing starts the race from 18th with a speed of 232.133MPH and commented saying:
“Qualifying was harder than I thought it would be with the first run. Usually, it’s pretty straight forward. Not sure why we slowed for the second two laps. I didn’t see that coming with the handling. The whole car just took off to the wall in turn three. That wasn’t a clean run for us. We lost the consistency in the balance of the car. That really hurt our average speed. We will wait and see how the other speeds go throughout the day. We found a problem with the first run. So, we fixed it and the second run was much more consistent. We picked up six sports. Maybe we’ll go later in the day if conditions remain the same. We wanted to run four consistent laps and get an overall faster speed for qualifying. It’s a lot of work with a new team and new crew. This team is very good, but everything is new for me. And I am new for them. It takes time to blend everything throughout the month of May.”
Stefan Wilson, No. 24 Chevrolet at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing who starts the race from 25th place following a four-lap average of 231.648MPH and speaking following the action he said:
“I was very nervous going out later as the track was getting hotter. Sun was beating down on the track. It was a good run, but I made a slight mistake on the third lap. I thought we would have the No. 24 DRR/Cusick Motorsports/CareKeepers Chevrolet higher on the speed charts today. The car felt great and I’m ready to go out for another run soon. It seems so easy to just be turning left for four laps, but there is so much going on in those four laps for a driver. You are always making adjustments during the qualifying run. I’m very proud to be part of Team Chevy this year. This is my third year with a Chevrolet engine. Seems like every year Chevy just gives us more power.”