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Indy 500 team owner Dennis Reinbold and his family hold the longest legacy at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It dates back to 1927 with his grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, serves as a mechanic and crewman on the historic Duesenberg team.
For Dennis, his earliest memory of the annual month of May for the Indy 500 was hearing the engines roar around the 2.5-mile oval just a mile and a half from his parents’ home.
“We used to ride our bicycles to 16th and Georgetown and listen to those incredible sounds of the Indy 500 engines pounding around the Speedway,” said Reinbold, who has entered and qualified 41 Indy 500 entries as a car owner dating back to 1999. “Then we would ride around a makeshift oval at the church parking lot near our house as if we were the drivers in the race. I was always Lloyd Ruby since my uncle was on his pit crew. He was the ‘Underdog’ and I always root for the ‘Underdog.’”
Dennis carries a similar role now with his current Dreyer & Reinbold Racing organization, a one-off Indy 500 team set to take the coveted “Drink of Milk” in the IMS victory lane in the 103rd Indy 500 with American drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sage Karam.
Dennis, the high-successful Indianapolis businessman, admits he still gets chills every May when he drives under the 16th St. tunnel into the track between turns one and two. And he carries a passion to capture the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” each year his team enters the annual 200-lap Classic.
“It’s a passion for me to come to IMS and be able to prepare and put the cars on the grid each year,” Dennis explained. “And I have got to win this race. We need to win and that’s really the passion behind me coming to the Indy 500 every year. It’s really the only reason we show up, to put the car in Victory Lane. We work all year-round to try to do that and try to improve from the year before.”
Dennis knows the history of the Indy 500 and his family. Placed high about his current race shop in Carmel, Ind., are a variety of his grandfather’s racing vehicles as well as past cars from the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing stables over the last two decades. Now, he is ready for his latest entries to find a place in history with a winning car in the IMS Museum.
“A lot of times I’ll sit there through the middle of the race and say, ‘all of the things that we have worked on in the last year have piled up to this moment,’” he admits. “We’re as prepared and ready to win this race as possible, and for whatever reason we haven’t pulled that off quite as of yet. But here’s to this being the year.”
Dennis’s passion is unique to an Indy 500 “only” team as he maintains a full-time race crew while only currently competing in the Indy 500. Obviously, with the proper funding, Dennis would love to return to the entire NTT IndyCar Series with his racing team.
“We have had the same people for a long, long time,” said Reinbold. “So, we have faith in each other and we can produce a really good competitive product on race day. Maybe our qualifying isn’t as good as we would like. But we have shown that our race car setups are excellent, and we can move to the front of the field during the race. Sage has shown that in the past and I believe that Sage and J.R. will have cars that can move up the field through the race.”
And Reinbold has faith in his current drivers as well. He gave Hildebrand his first IndyCar Series ride back in 2010 (Mid-Ohio and Sonoma) and Karam his first ride back in the 2014 Indy 500. Sage drove from 31st to ninth that day and was awarded the “Hard Charger of the Race.”
You may not recognize his face or even remember seeing his name in the credits but my he has been behind many televised sporting events and documentaries. Including, The Verizon Indy Car Series for NBCSN snd ABC, The Indy 500, NASCAR, X Games, The Olympic Games, College Football, NBA, Super Bowls and many more.
He was a producer and coordinating producer for the first 9 years of ESPN. He has received 3 Emmy Awards and is the co-owner of the production company called INNOVATIVE. Oh and did I mention he has also produced a Broadway play. Always on the brink of the new and exciting his latest venture is into the world of eSports.
See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…