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Scheckter joins Dreyer & Reinbold for the Mile


Tomas Scheckter will be the next driver through the revolving door that leads to the #23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara, as he replaces Milka Duno for the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend.

Duno returned to the car for the first oval of the season, in Kansas, as warm-up to last weekend's Indianapolis 500, with Darren Manning getting the nod for the street course events in St Petersburg and Long Beac. Now Scheckter comes to D&R as rookie Mike Conway's third team-mate in five races.

The South African was touted as having the backing to guarantee a ride in this year's IndyCar Series and was linked to a possible second car at newcomers Team 3G. That, however, came to nought, leaving him to shop around for a chance to compete at Indy, although his eventual berth at Dale Coyne Racing - which yielded twelfth place at the Brickyard - was not among the most obvious candidates for a tie-up.

The deal was just a one-off, but, just as Scheckter thought he was about to be cast back into the jobless line, DRR came calling with the opportunity to race at Milwaukee.

"We are excited to have Tomas join our team," team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said, "We have talked to him on a number of occasions about doing something together and this opportunity came up to pair him with Mike for the weekend. We feel like we are going into Milwaukee very strong as a team."

Scheckter has competed at The Mile four times previously in the IndyCar Series, with a best finish of third in two of those outings - with Panther Racing in 2005, and the following year with Vision Racing.

"I've been talking to Dennis and Larry Curry, who I have had a relationship with, for a while and we have been in and out of here a couple of times," Scheckter confirmed, "For us to put this together is great and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be good working with some people that I have worked with before."


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Indy Racing League. 25 May 2009. Indianapolis 500.  Indianapolis Speedway. Indianapolis, Indiana. Tomas Scheckter.
Oriol Servia, driver of the #22 Charter Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, finished sixth Sunday, April, 21, 2013 in the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevrolet)
Oriol Servia #22 Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Justin Wilson #18 Sonny`s BBQ Dale Coyne Racing ahead of Oriol Servia in the #22 Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Dennis Reinbold at a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Ana Beatriz and Dennis Reinbold confer. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Giorgio Pantano racing with Dreyer and Reinbold. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Giorgio Pantano (Dreyer & Reinbold) on track at Infineon Raceway.  [Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Tomas Scheckter, who will sit in for the injured Justin Wilson at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo: IndyCar Media]
Tomas Scheckter, who will sit in for the injured Justin Wilson at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo: IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson, Dreyer & Reinbold driver of the #22 car in 2011
Simon Pagenaud takes over Justin Wilson`s Dreyer & Reinbold car at the last minute at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - August 2011. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson in his Dreyer & Reinbold car during practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. [Photo: Dan Helrigel for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson prepares for qualifying on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Justin Wilson out on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
Mike Conway (Dreyer & Reinbold) in a horrific crash on the last lap of the 2010 Indianapolis 500. The accident left him sidelined with injuries for the remainder of the season, until he returned to racing with Andretti Autosport in 2011. [Picture credit: Jef Richards for IndyCar Media.]
Justin Wilson suited up onPole Day for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
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