Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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who are at the very top of their craft, then it forces you to try harder. We are constantly working to improve." A f t e r a d e c a d e o f a l t e r n a t i n g s u c c e s s a n d s e t b a c k s , i n c l u d i n g a c c i d e n t s a n d s p o n s o r s h i p i s s u e s , D r e y e r & Reinbold Racing retired from IndyCar competition in 2013, only to return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2014 with new sponsors and a new driver, Sage Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights Champion. In his first Indy 500, Karam put in a magnificent drive to finish in ninth place. Reinbold is convinced that Karam represents a great opportunity for the team. "Over the years I've entered 37 cars in the 500, and there have been occasions where our choice of drivers has been governed more by funding issues," he recently told "Motor Sport" magazine. "Well now we're not in that position, and we're free to have a totally different approach. We can say, 'It's time to go win that race and this is how we do it.'" is year, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is once again entering two cars in the Indianapolis 500. e search for a second driver was extensive, and the rumor mill churned with big names, including Danica Patrick. Eventually, it was announced that a new driver had joined the paddock for the 2018 Indianapolis 500: J.R. Hildebrand. "A second car requires a significant update in our equipment," continues the team owner. "That means extra wheel guns, extra tires and extra radios." And, it goes without saying, significant extra expense. "We are looking at getting back into the IndyCar series eventually, which would mean growing our sponsorship." So how does the owner of a team in one of the world's highest-pressure sports meet the obligations of his day job? "I'm really confident in the guys who run the dealerships," says Reinbold. "I'm surrounded by great people who let me pursue my racing, knowing that they have everything under control." In some types of auto racing, especially where factory teams are involved, the purpose of the sport is to engineer, innovate and learn. For independent team owner Dennis Reinbold, the only purpose of racing is to win. In the high-stakes, high-cost crucible of motorsport that is the Indianapolis 500, there can be no other reason to enter a car, let alone two. is year legions of die-hard petrolheads will be rooting for Reinbold and his team as he once more pursues the elusive Borg-Warner Trophy. Somewhere Pop Dreyer will be cheering along with the rest of us as the 33 cars cross the yard of bricks on May 27. sl Dennis Reinbold (right) running the show from the pit wall. slmag.net 99

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