Dreyer & Reinbold Racing confirmed Tuesday that Italian driver Giorgio Pantano will join the team for the next two IZOD IndyCar Series events. Pantano will replace the injured Justin Wilson in the team's No. 22 entry for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma and Baltimore Grand Prix.
"We are extremely excited about putting Giorgio in our car at Sonoma and Baltimore," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "He will add another dimension to our program and we are happy to have him on board for those events. We will be testing him at Sonoma this weekend and we are excited to get him acclimated to the car. Giorgio has a lot of experience and talent and we believe he will be a good fit."
Pantano, who made two starts for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2005, will compete with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the first time at Sonoma on Aug. 24, and then in Baltimore on Sept. 4. The Italian competed in the Auto GP Series last year and Superleague Formula after winning the GP2 title in 2008.
"For me, this is a very good opportunity," Pantano said. "I want to say thank you to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and the sponsors for giving me this opportunity. I'm here to do the best that I can as always and I look forward to the chance to compete in these two races."