Wilson's new employer - one of just three old-school, full-time Indy Racing League teams remaining - will further counsel Wilson in his oval progression, while Wilson, who won last year at Watkins Glen with another midpack team, Dale Coyne Racing, will advise his new team on its emerging road course program. [...] I only ate. For Dreyer & Reinbold, the recipe is basic: two gifted road racers with classical training and European formula in their histories, one team with a decade of experience on U.S. ovals and multiple sponsorships creating a firm financial base.
026_RA0410 2/25/10 3:59 PM BU GGI N G THE BIG BOYS 26 APRIL 2010 027_RA0410 2/25/10 3:59 PM An IndyCar Series race winner and a maturing sophomore bring ambition to Dreyer & Reinbold. By Jeff Olson Main Images Phillip Abbott/LAT T he Speedway Club, an imposing glass and steel tower looming nine stories above Turn 1 at Texas Motor Speedway, rises out of the prairie, visible from several miles away. It’s a sight that once made Justin Wilson uneasy, a silent sentry to a mammoth racetrack that open-wheel purists have argued – and still argue – has no business in the single- seater business. The first time he saw the Speedway Club casting its shadow in 2008, Wilson knew he was about to see something out of this world. Hours later, in his first laps around TMS, he simply wanted to keep his car from going into orbit. You’re not in F1 anymore, mate. You’re in Texas. You’re in another dimension. Skip ahead two years. Wilson, already regarded as one of the best road racers in the U.S., is gaining experience and confidence as an oval racer. In 2008, he crashed at Texas. In ’09, he finished 15th. In 2010, he’s actually looking forward to seeing the Speedway Club on the horizon. His improvement on and enthusiasm toward long left turns is fundamental to his new team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: He must mentor another Brit who’s still learning about ovals. That mentor role doesn’t exist only between Wilson and his new teammate, Mike Conway. It goes from team to driver and back again. Wilson’s new employer – one of just three old-school, full-time Indy Racing League teams remaining – will further counsel Wilson in his oval progression, while Wilson, who won last year at Watkins Glen with another midpack team, Dale Coyne Racing, will advise his new team on its emerging road course program. The timing of the proper recipe is, as legendary TV chef Julia Child would have said, almost as important as the experience that goes into it. “I was 32 before I started cooking,”
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