Dreyer, Reinbold family legacy in Indy 500 is incredible

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Here’s a cool story from the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team, describing its history at the Indianapolis 500.

In the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, one of only two single-car teams in the field will run Sage Karam in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet.

Dennis Reinbold can still remember hearing the Indy cars roar as a child from his family’s house, just one mile and a half from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Reinbold, a successful Indianapolis businessman and Indy 500 team owner, knew his family had been involved in cars racing at the legendary motorsports facility but it wasn’t until he was older that he learned of the legacy developed by his grandfather, Floyd “Pop” Dreyer.

Dreyer has such a heritage in two-wheel and four-wheel competition that he was inducted into four racing halls of fame – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, National Midget Racing Hall of Fame, American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

“My grandfather was an Indian factory motorcycle racer in the 1910s and 1920s and then he moved into building race cars and campaigning them around the country,” said Reinbold, who’ll field the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet for young driver Sage Karam.

“Pop’s involvement with the Duesenberg team in 1927 at the 500 (with drivers Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp) takes our family back to the Speedway for some 89 years now. And he helped on the 500 winner that year too with George Souders’ Duesenberg. So, it’s exciting to continue his legacy now at the 100th Indianapolis 500.”

“Pop” Dreyer followed his stellar motorcycle racing career (i.e. competing on one-mile tracks like the Milwaukee, Dayton, Toledo, Pittsburgh and Denver) by working for the Duesenberg car factory and then its racing team. By the 1930s, Dreyer had become a premier body designer and builder of cars racing in the Indy 500.

Dennis Reinbold with 1938 Pop Dreyer Sprint Car in 2015. Photo: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Dennis Reinbold with 1938 Pop Dreyer Sprint Car in 2015. Photo: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

In fact, Dreyer constructed the bodies of the cars for the entire front row of the 1931 Indianapolis 500 (with pole winner Russell Snowberger, Bill Cummings and Paul Bost) and even built a Soap Box Derby racer for his son, Arnold, in 1933. “Pop” went on to build successful midgets and sprint cars and his machines won championships in 1937 (Everett Saylor), 1938 (Duke Nalon) and 1949 (Jackie Holmes).

Dreyer’s last sprint car victory was in 1952 with Indy 500 legend Eddie Sachs at the wheel.

“The list of drivers for my grandfather was like a ‘Who’s Who of Racing,’” said Reinbold. “He had guys like Sam Hanks, Tommy Hinnershitz, Jud Larson and Mauri Rose plus Eddie Sachs and the title-winning drivers too. He was a master fabricator and mechanic. Just a legend in the sport.”

Now Reinbold has followed in his grandpa’s footsteps since 1999 when he entered a car in the Indy 500 for the first time as a team owner. Dennis still thinks about those days hearing the race cars at his childhood home. All 35 Indy 500 entries from Reinbold have qualified for the Memorial Weekend Classic. 

“I grew up about a mile-and-a-half straight southwest of IMS on West Washington Street,” said Reinbold.  “When I was a little kid, I could hear the cars in the background. My buddies and I would jump on our Schwinn’s (bicycles) and race around the church parking lot. I was always Lloyd Rudy, because my uncle (Floyd Jr.) worked on Lloyd’s pit crew. I got to sit in that car. It was a huge thrill.”

Reinbold gets excited each May when he enters the IMS gates off 16th Street.  

“I grew up around it (IMS) and it gets in your blood,” said Dennis. “I’ve had several uncles who have been part of the 500 too including Floyd Dreyer Jr., who was a long time crew member for Lloyd Ruby’s team, and Bill Spoerle, who was the crew chief on Elmer George’s 1960s Indy cars and later was the head of restoration for IMS Hall of Fame Museum and its fleet of vintage race cars and antique passenger cars.

“I still get chills when we drive through the tunnel and go in every day. It’s such a cool place. It’s such a super event that I respect everything about the Speedway and I really want to be a part of everything about it. It’s a lot of fun. I still thoroughly enjoy going out there.”

Reinbold brings a solid, experienced crew to the 100th Indy 500 and, with the young, skillful Karam at the controls, and the Carmel, Ind.-based organization could pull off the team’s biggest win on May 29.

“It’s huge competition in the Indy 500 and we push harder and harder,” admits Reinbold. “It’s a learning curve each year. Ever since 1999, I’ve been learning something new each and every year. You take that away and you try to apply it the next year. Sage has said he has waited 11 months to get back to the track again. So have I. So have our crew guys. We’re all pretty hungry.”

Dennis’ best Indy 500 finish came in 2012 with a fourth place with driver Oriol Servia, and he believes Karam can run with the leaders this year after Sage’s “rookie” performance in 2014 with the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing team. 

“As a rookie, Sage drove up from 31st to sixth and then a yellow flag costs us and he had to go back to 24th,” explains Reinbold. “But Sage fought his way back to ninth. It was a great performance by a true rookie driver. He received the ‘Hard Charger’ award. Our team works well with Sage and we feel confident he can race up front again in 2016.”

The Dreyer & Reinbold family tradition at the Indy 500 will continue in 2016 when the green flag drops on May 29 for the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I feel proud to continue what my grandfather started back in 1927 in the Indy 500,” said Reinbold.

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston: Eli Tomac retakes 450 lead, Hunter Lawrence tops 250s

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After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jason Anderson has back-to-back podiums to his credit and sits second in the Power Rankings. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.

Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.

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Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.

Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.

After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heats Wins]
85.20 2 1
2 Jason Anderson
[2 Heat Wins]
82.60 4 2
3 Cooper Webb 82.10 3 0
4 Ken Roczen 81.70 1 -3
5 Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
80.70 6 1
6 Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 5 -1
7 Aaron Plessinger 71.30 8 1
8 Justin Barcia 70.10 7 -1
9 Justin Cooper 68.00 NA
10 Adam Cianciarulo 67.40 9 -1
11 Joey Savatgy 61.20 10 -1
12 Marvin Musquin 61.00 10 -2
13 Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 11 -2
14 Christian Craig 57.20 13 -1
15 Colt Nichols 56.50 14 -1
16 Dean Wilson 49.30 15 -1
17 Justin Hill 39.67 18 1
18 Shane McElrath 36.33 22 4
19 Brandon Scharer 34.00 21 2
20 Logan Karnow 33.33 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points


The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.

Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jordon Smith’s last podium before Houston came four years ago in Detroit. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.

Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.

Supercross 250 Points

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.

Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.

Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
95.00 NA
2 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
90.50 NA
2 Max Anstie – E 90.50 NA
4 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 1 -3
5 Haiden Deegan – E 81.50 NA
6 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 2 -4
7 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 3 -4
7 Michael Mosiman – E 77.00 NA
7 Jeremy Martin – E 77.00 NA
7 Tom Vialle – E 77.00 NA
11 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 4 -7
12 Chance Hymas – E 74.50 -12
13 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
73.75 5 -8
14 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 6 -8
15 Max Vohland – W 69.29 7 -8
16 Cullin Park – E 66.00 NA
17 Chris Blose – E 65.50 NA
18 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 8 -10
19 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 9 -10
20 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 10 -10

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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