Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Born into a family of automotive professionals and growing up less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, racing team owner Dennis Reinbold might be said to have petrol in his blood. His grandfather, the legendary Floyd "Pop" Dreyer, led the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company racing operations, and later became a national champion builder of midgets, sprint cars and early Indy-style race cars. "In the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team, I kept the name Dreyer because that's where I learned all about it," explains Reinbold. "My grandfather used to race Indian motorcycles on the factory team, then one time he was going down to Oklahoma to break horses, but he ran out of money in Indy. So he took a job with Duesenberg, for a number of years, then with Stutz, then he started building his own Dreyer racing cars. He stayed in racing pretty much his whole life. In addition, my late uncle Bill Spoerle was head of the restoration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 50 years, so I always had kind of a link to the Speedway." Pop Dreyer also owned a racetrack west of Indianapolis in Mount Meridian, where Dennis used to go out to ride motorcycles with his cousins after the main event of the day. As his passion for speed and competition grew throughout his early years working at his family's dealerships, so did his desire to enter the sport in a professional capacity. An opportunity presented itself in 1999 when Infiniti became involved in building engines for the then relatively new Indy Racing League series. "I knew the guy that was in charge of that program for Infiniti," says Reinbold. "So I said to him, 'why not give me a motor and I'll put something together.'" And thus was born Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. In January 2000, the fledgling team won its first race at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando with driver, and now team co-owner, Robbie Buhl in the cockpit. Buhl drove a stunning race from 22nd on the grid to take the win. In 2002 the team ran a second car for Sarah Fisher, who became the first woman in North American motorsports history to win the pole position for a major-league open-wheel race, earning the pole at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Anyone who follows motorsports knows all too well that the world of racing has its ups and down, and that nothing is guaranteed. It is a sport that lives in the eternal present, an arena in which there is incessant pressure to prove oneself both worthy and capable. "I love competing," say Reinbold. "When you are competing against people Written by Neil Charles RACING IN THE BLOOD Dennis Reinbold ups the ante at Indy. Sage Karam will be joined by J.R. Hildebrand for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. 98

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