Dreyer & Reinbold Racing have joined forces with Kingdom Racing and Hewlett Packard to run veteran Davey Hamilton in the 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500.
The three parties confirmed the deal in the build-up to this weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, revealing that Hamilton, who continues to defy serious leg injuries that appeared to have ended his career several years ago, will run the #46 Dallara in HP's 'Touch the future now' livery.
“We are excited to be partnering with Davey Hamilton, Kingdom Racing and Hewlett Packard on this programme for the month of May," DRR co-owner Dennis Reinbold commented, "This is just another example of how Dreyer and Reinbold Racing continues to grow. Our off-season improvement with research and development, and our investments commercially will hopefully help us in a great end result for the Indy 500."
Hamilton will join season-long DRR runner Mike Conway at Indianapolis, and it remains to be seen whether DRR can field a third car for the blue riband event, having signed IRL veteran Darren Manning for the opening two rounds of 2009, and been rewarded with a top ten result on the streets of St Petersburg.
"Having known Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl since I started running IndyCar, I'm very excited about teaming with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing this May," 44-year old Hamilton commented, "We've talked about working together in the past and now that Larry Curry is at DRR, my history with him at Vision Racing will help to tie everything together, giving me a better chance to be as competitive as ever.
"I'm also grateful that Hewlett-Packard is returning for their third year with me and my association with Kingdom Racing, now in its second year, really opens up a long-term opportunity for new sponsor relationships, while giving me a ton of confidence in knowing what we have combined with the guys at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.”
Kingdom Racing made history last season by becoming the first 'faith-vision' organisation to compete at the Indy 500, and sees its second appearance at the blue riband event as another step on the road to form a full-time IndyCar Series effort.
“Kingdom Racing is about winning for God's glory," Kingdom Racing founder George Del Canto said ,"In partnering with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Davey Hamilton and Hewlett Packard for this year's Indianapolis 500, we will have a worthy platform to further our mission.”