Rice and Fish - the D&R Diet

Posted by Iannucci | 1/26/2007 | 3 comments »
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Sorry, but I couldn't resist the tacky headline.

After breaking the news that Dreyer & Reinbold have their #5 car listed for testing at Homestead next week (as opposed to a Champ Car testing circuit like Sebring) the good folks at TrackSide Online are now relaying the following:

TSO has learned that as expected, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing will hire Buddy Rice to drive the number 5 car. This deal is not finalized, though it's reportedly very close and could be completed as soon as today. If everything goes as planned (and this being racing we don't have such an expectation), the deal should be announced prior to the open test on Wednesday and Thursday in Daytona.

(A Tuesday press conference would seem to be the most logical thing since that is media day in Homestead).

In addition, we are now moving the second DRR car up to the 90% category as the team works to complete the deals that will make Sarah Fisher the driver of that machine.
Huge, huge, huge. Or at least big, big, big.

Not only are these two both talented drivers, but they can sell the series. They don't have the flash and panache of Danica!, Well Done or Spiderman, but over the years Buddy and Sarah always seem to be at public events promoting the series with a smile and more than a few kind words.

Continuity is key for any racing series - heck any form of entertainment - and these two have show over much of this decade to be true ambassadors of IndyCar entertainment. Oh, and one of them actually one the Indy 500, you know.


  1. Anonymous // January 26, 2007 10:02 AM  

    Any idea what Sarah's number will be? Will she get one of her old numbers back?

  2. Iannucci // January 26, 2007 10:11 AM  

    I'd wait for the official announcement, but there are several possibilities. Recall that DRR had Little Al running #31 at Indy last year (or look it up like I did.)

    My guess would be that she would return to the #15 she broke in with since Rahal appears to have surrendered that number, or she would go with the #23 she previously ran for DRR.

  3. pressdog // January 26, 2007 10:31 AM  

    I just wet myself. Good point on Sarah and Rice doing whatever they are asked, with a smile, to promote the series. I hope Rice snaps out of the funk he's been in on the track for the last couple of years.

    Maybe Sarah stays with 5? DRR may go back to 23 and 24, which I believe they had when Robbie and Sarah ran.