Dreyer Reinbold Enters Indy 500
March 7, 2007 | 3:34 P.M. EST
Three-time Most Popular Driver, Sarah Fisher, 26, will make her return to the legendary race after sitting out the 2005 and 2006 Indy 500 races. She will attempt to make her sixth start in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," second only to Lyn St. James for the most starts for a woman in history. Her best start at the track came in 2002 with a ninth place starting position when she became the fastest women to ever qualify for the Indy 500 with a speed of 229.439 mph. Fisher will pilot the No. 5 Honda powered Dallara.
"In 2006, I held a banner for Vitor (Meira) while working for Ignition doing the marketing side of racing during the month of May," said Fisher, who last competed in the Indy 500 in 2004 for Kelley Racing. "I experienced what it felt like to not be in the drivers' seat and it made me miss competing at Indy. Having the privilege to compete in the Indy 500 is something you can never take for granted. It's an opportunity that very few in this word get to try. Fortunately, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has given me that opportunity once again and for that I am truly thankful."
Newly signed driver Buddy Rice, 31, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion, will attempt to make his fourth start at IMS this May. Rice made his first start in the Indy 500 back in 2003 for Red Bull Cheever Racing. He will pilot the No. 15 Honda powered Dallara. His best starting position was in 2004 when he captured the MBNA pole position while substituting for injured Rahal Letterman Racing driver, Kenny Brack.
"It's always exciting going to Indy especially with what I was able to do in the past," said Rice, who just returned from vacationing in Hawaii. "I'm back with a new team and obviously with a different outlook and a different approach than what I've had in the past couple of years. My engineer this year is a past Indy 500 winning engineer and because I'm a driver that has won, we know what it takes to get there. I think if we have a very strong opening season which I anticipate happening then we should have a very strong and competitive run at the 500 for the month of May. It should be an exciting month for our team and should be a lot of fun to get there and take it all in."
DRR will celebrate its seventh consecutive appearance at the Indianapolis 500 mile race, which includes qualifying every car they have entered into the legendary race which equals 13 entries.
"It is always an exciting day when you enter cars into the Indy 500," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team co-owner, Dennis Reinbold. "To be the first to enter means that we are excited and anxious to get started, so it is very appropriate for us as we look forward to 2007. I look forward to driving through the tunnel every day during the month of May and looking around at the historic track knowing that we have a unique opportunity to be a part of the history there."
The Indianapolis 500 is the fifth race in the 17-race 2007 season on the IndyCar Series circuit. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will play host to the race which will be carried live on ABC at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 27, 2007. Additional coverage will be available on IMS Radio and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145 "IndyCar Racing."