As Published by IndyStar
Despite still being a part-time IndyCar team, Dreyer and Reinbold will return to next May’s Indy 500 with one of the strongest two-driver lineups in the field, in terms of 2021 results.
Alongside Meyer Shank Racing (winner Helio Castroneves and 3rd-place Simon Pagenaud), DRR will be the only other team with two top-7 finishers. IndyStar has learned the team has signed former Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Santino Ferrucci (6th-place a year ago) as well as the team’s longtime driver Sage Karam (7th in 2021), according to a source.
Ferrucci’s addition comes after the 23-year-old finished tops among his RLL teammates last year, which included defending champ Takuma Sato and series veteran Graham Rahal. Ferrucci ran a five-race stint with RLL in 2021 in IndyCar as the team mulled over its options for its second and third drivers alongside Rahal before ultimately signing Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard. Ferrucci also ran a part-time NASCAR Xfinity series schedule a year ago, and it’s unclear whether that will continue in 2022.
Over three Indy 500s in his young career, Ferrucci has finished no worse than 7th and landed 4th in 2020 with Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan.
“Nothing is better than being a part of a team that has such a high work ethic,” Ferrucci said in a release. “The team’s attention to detail is comparable to top teams in the series.”
Karam, who is entering his ninth partial IndyCar campaign, has run each of the past six Indy 500s with DRR and seven overall, bookending them with his 9th-place run as a rookie in 2014 and his 7th-place finish a year ago. Should he not run any other races until next year’s 500, the race will be his 25th in the series. His best finishes overall came in a pair of top-5s with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2015 (a best of 3rd-place at Iowa).
“After a strong result in the last 500, I’m excited to build on that and see what we can do this May,” Karam tweeted. “Welcome to the team, Santino. Let’s get to work.”
The addition of the two to the field makes for 29 confirmed cars or car/driver pairings for the race still more than five months from race day.