INDIANAPOLIS – Last Sunday saw the “soft launch,” as you were, of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing with Davey Hamilton behind the wheel for opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Today saw the full reveal of the car that Townsend Bell will be in for the remainder of the month of May.
Bell, our NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analyst who returns to DRR for the first time since 2011, has the No. 24 pay tribute to one current legend of the sport and one historic car from the 1930s.
As part of the team’s “The Old and the New” livery unveil on Friday, the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet car was displayed on the bricks behind the Pagoda along with a historic Floyd “Pop” Dreyer-built and owned race car from the 1930s.
Here is the reveal and further photos:
Bell’s No. 24 this year features a similar styleized version of the number made famous by Jeff Gordon. Gordon posted a picture on Twitter on Thursday of the inside of the cockpit, which features a tribute to the NASCAR star in his final full-time year in Sprint Cup.
The Dreyer & Reinbold family legacy dates back to the 1927 Indy 500 when “Pop” Dreyer served as a mechanic and crewman on the Benny Shoaff/Babe Stapp-driven Duesenberg. Dreyer later became a world-renowned race car builder including building bodies for the entire 1931 Indy 500 front row. He also built and owned series- winning sprint cars and midgets.
In addition, Floyd Dreyer Jr. was a crewman on Lloyd Ruby’s Indy 500 car in the 1960s and 1970s as well as Dennis Reinbold’s uncle, Bill Spoerle, who was crew chief of Elmer George’s Indy 500 entry in the 1960s. Spoerle later became the restoration director for the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.