Ryan Hunter-Reay. (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Photo)

Root Insurance Teams With Hunter-Reay For Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Root Insurance will serve as the primary sponsor for Ryan Hunter-Reay and the No. 23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet car in this year’s Indianapolis 500 on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 winner, will start the Indy 500 from the 18th starting position this Sunday in the 107th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 

Root Inc. is a technology company revolutionizing car insurance. 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car for the Indy 500.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to showcase Root at the Indianapolis 500,” said SVP of Business Development Jason Shapiro. “In coming to Root, I know the power of the connectivity within the automotive community and rushed to jump on the opportunity to work with DRR and have Ryan at the wheel.”

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has an incredible legacy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which traces the longest family path at the Indianapolis 500 some 98 years. DRR team owner Dennis Reinbold’s grandfather, the famed Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, was a mechanic for the Duesenberg team in 1927 and he later built race cars which filled the entire 1931 Indy 500 front row as well as many midget and sprint cars during his life. 

DRR, which has qualified 48 Indy 500 entries since 2000, returned last week to the Brickyard for the 24th consecutive year and is coming off back-to-back top 10 finishes in 2021 and 2022.

“We are extremely excited to team up with Root and an Indy 500 champion in Ryan Hunter-Reay for this year’s 500 Mile Race,” said Reinbold, DRR team owner. “Root is an aggressive company and matches well with the driving style on track of a 500 champion like Ryan.

“We believe we have prepared outstanding cars for the 2023 Indy 500, and we would love to put Root in the most famous racing winner’s circle in the world at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We can’t wait for the May 28 race.”

Hunter-Reay is the third former Indianapolis 500 champion to drive for DRR in the team’s history along with Al Unser Jr. and Buddy Rice.

“I’m so anxious to get on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with the Root colors in our No. 23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet this week,” said Hunter-Reay. “To add a great, innovative company like Root with a strong team and a fast race car really gives me confidence heading into qualifying and my 16th Indy 500 race. We believe we have the partners, crew and car to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. I’d love to put Root Insurance in victory lane at the Indy 500. It’s a thrill like nothing else.”