Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced Monday that Paul Tracy will drive an additional Dallara-Honda for the team at the Indianapolis 500 this year, with backing from WIX Filters. WIX will also serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 22 car of Justin Wilson for the 2011 season.
"Obviously, it feels great to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," said Tracy, who drove for the team three times last season. "It's been a chaotic winter, but it's good to have the deal stowed away with a competitive program lined up with WIX Filters and DRR for the Indianapolis 500.
"I'm really happy to have signed a deal with Dennis [Reinbold] and Robbie [Buhl]. It's great to be with a team like DRR – they have quality equipment and a solid engineering group with Larry Curry. It's a relief to have this deal done from that standpoint. I'm super-excited, and want to thank WIX Filters for placing confidence in me as their brand ambassador at the Indy 500."
Team co-owner Robbie Buhl said, "Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is extremely happy to welcome WIX Filters to the team for the Indianapolis 500 and for the 2011 season. We have worked hard to maintain a strong relationship with our sponsors and to build new ones. We couldn't be happier to have WIX Filters on board with us and we look forward to growing with them in the future. We are also very excited to have Paul drive the WIX Filters car. He's a great personality and driver and we believe he will be very competitive during the Indy 500."
WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks and off-road equipment.
"WIX has a strong history of racing excellence, from dirt tracks and drag strips to super speedways, and it is with great anticipation that we join forces with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for our first expedition into IndyCar racing," said Jeff Blocher, vp of sales for WIX Filters. "With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, there could be no better time for WIX to make its debut into this exciting competition. We look forward to sharing the WIX brand with the millions of IndyCar Series fans around the globe."
Tracy joins full-time drivers Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz in Dreyer & Reinbold's Indy 500 lineup. Although he failed to qualify with KV last year, Tracy finished ninth in the 2009 event and came very close to winning in 2002, when he was officially listed as second to Helio Castroneves after a controversial late yellow flag call that Tracy felt unfairly deprived him of victory.