Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to announce second Indy 500 entry/driver Thursday

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After fielding single-car entries for the last six editions of the Indianapolis 500, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing will announce Thursday that it will field a second car in this year’s Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

2013 Indy Lights champ Sage Karam has already been announced to drive DRR’s first entry, the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet. It will mark the fourth time Karam has driven for DRR, with finishes of ninth in 2014, 32nd in 2016 and 28th in 2017.

Karam also raced in the 2015 Indy 500 for Chip Ganassi, finishing 32nd.

One name that has been frequently mentioned in the rumor mill to fill the seat of the second DRR entry is 2009 Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand. Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who does not have a ride for this year’s race, is also available, among others.

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The announcement will be made during a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. ET. Team co-owner Dennis Reinbold and the second driver will be on the call.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is expected to use this year’s 500 as a stepping-off point to return to the IndyCar Series with at least one full-time entry next season.

DRR has raced intermittently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the 1920s with car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer.

Dreyer’s grandson, Dennis Reinbold, has served as a car owner in the Indy 500 since 1999 and has recorded four top-10 finishes, including a best of fourth in 2012.

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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.