Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold admitted Tuesday while two cars remains the intention for the team in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, it could run only one full-time entrant.
“I know earlier on, we said it would be two full-season and a third at Indy, but that's still up in the air,” he said. “We haven't signed a driver yet. We'll hope to take care of that soon, but we don't know if it will be one or two cars. We're set up for two cars.”
Reinbold said a better idea of the team's plans will be known in the next several weeks, likely before the imposed testing ban in mid-December.
The team's engineering staff is also in flux, with a new engineer set to start on systems engineering next week. Reinbold said DRR will work in conjunction with Lotus on engineering given the team's new factory partnership.
“You try to make sure speed and reliability are both there,” he said. “The reliability falls on Lotus more than us, although Lotus will help with chassis development.
“It's important to focus on the engineering side and really get it right,” he added. “We didn't have a good year in 2011, and were disappointed in our results. We've made some personnel changes. It's time now, we'll rebuild with a real focus on the engineering side.”