In an exciting development for the world of IndyCar, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) has unveiled its driver lineup for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The team has confirmed the return of Ryan Hunter-Reay to pilot the No. 23 Chevrolet, the same car he drove to an impressive 11th-place finish in the previous edition of the iconic race. Additionally, Conor Daly will join the team, taking the wheel of the No. 24 entry.
The announcement brings a sense of continuity as it reaffirms the partnership between Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports. This collaboration, initiated last year as part of Stefan Wilson’s program, has proven to be fruitful, contributing to the team’s competitive presence at the Indianapolis 500.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 winner and 2012 IndyCar Series champion, expressed his enthusiasm about continuing his journey with DRR. He stated, “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing since joining them in 2023. I’m thrilled to be back and ready to build on where we left off last year.”
Reflecting on the team’s strong showing in the previous edition, Hunter-Reay added, “We had a very strong showing at the 500 last year, and if it were not for a failed front wing adjuster early in the race, I truly feel we would have been fighting in the top-5 to the finish.”
Acknowledging the challenges posed by the latest car regulation changes, Hunter-Reay expressed confidence in the team’s capabilities, saying, “With the latest car regulation changes, we will certainly have our work cut out for us, and we’re eager for the challenge ahead. The passion and dedication of this team are truly inspiring, and I am confident that together we can achieve success at the greatest spectacle in racing.”
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Conor Daly, set to drive the No. 24 entry for DRR, brings a wealth of experience to the team, with a notable sixth-place finish in the Indy 500 in 2022 while racing for Ed Carpenter Racing. Daly, who participated in Nitrocross events with DRR last summer, expressed gratitude for the opportunity.
“When Dennis first called me, he told me he believed I could win the Indy 500, and all he wanted going into 2024 was the best chance to win as a team,” Daly said. “I’m extremely thankful for the belief that Dennis has in me and the chance to drive one of his cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Daly also highlighted the collaborative spirit within the team, stating, “To be teamed up with a champion like Ryan (Hunter-Reay) as well I believe truly makes us a threat in the month of May. I love the team Dennis has built already, and getting to know the guys at the shop has been a true pleasure. I cannot wait to hit the ground running at the test in April!”
The confirmation of Hunter-Reay and Daly for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 sets the stage for an exciting campaign for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. As the team aims for success in the prestigious event, fans can anticipate thrilling on-track performances from the skilled duo of Hunter-Reay and Daly, adding to the spectacle of the revered Indianapolis 500.