MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A former Indianapolis 500 winner and one of the more popular hometown drivers in Indy car racing will lead the effort for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports in the 108th Indy 500.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, and Conor Daly, who practically grew up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, were announced to the team on Thursday.
Hunter-Reay will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet and Daly will compete in the No. 24 Chevy.
“We are delighted to welcome Ryan Hunter-Reay and Conor Daly to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2024 Indianapolis 500,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “Both drivers bring a unique blend of skill, experience, and passion to the team, and we are confident that they will represent us admirably on race day. In addition, to our drivers I am very pleased to welcome Don Cusick and his team back and am ready to get to work.”
Hunter-Reay, a household name in the world of motorsports, brings a wealth of experience and a remarkable track record to the team. A former winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2014 as well as an IndyCar Championship in 2012, Hunter-Reay’s skill, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence make him a formidable force on the track.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing since joining them in 2023. I’m thrilled to be back and ready to build on where we left off last year. We had a very strong showing at the 500 last year and if it were not for a failed front wing adjuster early in the race, I truly feel we would have been fighting in the top-five to the finish,” Hunter-Reay said. “With the latest car regulation changes, we will certainly have our work cut out for us and we’re eager for the challenge ahead. The passion and dedication of this team are truly inspiring, and I am confident that together we can achieve success at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Joining Hunter-Reay is the dynamic and versatile Daly, whose fearless driving style and relentless pursuit of victory have earned him widespread acclaim within the racing community. With an impressive track record across various racing disciplines, Daly’s addition to the team promises to inject an electrifying energy into the race.
“When Dennis first called me, he told me he believed I could win the Indy 500 and all he wanted going into 2024 was the best chance to win as a team. As a driver, what more could you want? I’m extremely thankful for the belief that Dennis has in me and the chance to drive one of his cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Daly said. “To be teamed up with a champion like Ryan (Hunter-Reay) as well I believe truly makes us a threat in the month of May. I love the team Dennis has built already and getting to know the guys at the shop has been a true pleasure. I cannot wait to hit the ground running at the test in April.”
Dreyer and Reinbold also announced the renewal of its partnership with Cusick Motorsports for the upcoming Indianapolis 500.
With this renewed collaboration, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports are poised to elevate their performance to new heights, leveraging their collective expertise, resources, and passion for motorsports to make a resounding impact on the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Indianapolis 500,” said Don Cusick, Founder & CEO of Cusick Motorsports. “The collaboration symbolizes our shared passion for the sport, and together, we aim to write new chapters of success at the Brickyard with new and existing partners. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working alongside Dennis Reinbold and his team, which has provided a firm footing for us to grow alongside our partners. I am excited about our driver pairing this year with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Conor Daly and cannot wait for May to arrive.
“Finally, I would like to thank Stefan Wilson for kick-starting this adventure back in 2021. Stefan’s contributions and commitment has been second to none and he will forever be an integral part of our journey. We will support him however we can for the future.”
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 1999 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former Indian factory motorcycle racer.
Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg team. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s, many of which started on the front row.