Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will use Lotus engines for the 2012 IndyCar season

It’s been a busy few weeks for Lotus Motorsport, with the company confirming it has added a fourth team to its engine supply roster for next year’s IndyCar championship, with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing joining the likes of Michael Shank Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM Racing (the new ‘factory’ Lotus outfit).

Running the pairing of Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz for much of the season, Dreyer & Reinbold showed occasional flashes of speed, with Wilson earning four top-ten finishes.

After the Englishman claimed a season’s best fifth at Edmonton, the team’s season was derailed when Wilson suffered a compression fracture in his back during practice for the following round at Mid-Ohio. His seat was then taken by a host of drivers for the rest of the season, including Simon Pagenaud, Tomas Scheckter, Giorgio Pantano and Townsend Bell.

The deal is “a huge step” for the team, according to team co-owner Dennis Reinbold.

“Many of our collective efforts are already underway and we could not be more enthusiastic about this off-season’s testing and development program.”

Reinbold confirmed that the team would run a two-car effort for the 2012 season.

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