CARB DAY NOTES FOR THE 96th RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

CARB DAY NOTES/QUOTES---- Indianapolis, Indiana, May 25, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Oriol clocked the 18th fastest speed today (218.846 mph) in the final practice before Sunday's race, completing a total of 49 laps.
  • Servia qualified 27th for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He secured a spot on the grid with a four-lap average qualifying speed of 222.393 mph.
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  • Last Saturday's qualifying didn't go as planned for Panther DRR. In the morning's warm-up session the team had a gearbox issue that they had to fix. Panther DRR hurried to get the problem repaired and had the No. 22 car ready to line-up for qualifying. As Oriol was on his warm-up lap during his qualifying attempt, he got loose in the exit of Turn 4 and he made contact with the wall. Fortunately, the team was be able to repair the damage on the primary car.
  • Unfortunately, Oriol wasn't able to get any track time on Fast Friday. As the team warmed the car up in the morning there was an issue with the car smoking. Fortunately, what was thought to be a problem with the motor ended up not being the reason, so the team will not have to take the penalty in Detroit for an unapproved engine change. However, the team had to spend most of the day to change the motor and then change it back to the original, which resulted in not being able to get out on track, but the team did get to the bottom of the problem.
  • On day one of practice Servia was 11th fastest (217.20 mph), on day two he was 19th fastest (217.656 mph), on day three he was 8th fastest (220.304mph), on day four of practice he was 15th fastest (219.948 mph), on day five he was 21st fastest (219.021 mph), and on day six he was 13th fastest (220.643 mph).
  • With all seven practice days combined, Servia has completed a total of 332 laps.
  • Teammate JR Hildebrand posted a top lap speed of 219.771 mph, finishing 12th in the final standings in his No. 4 National Guard/Panther Racing entry.
  • This weekend will mark Oriol Servia's fourth start for the greatest spectacle in racing.
  • Last year, Oriol qualified on the front row for Newman/Haas Racing. He started 3rd, finished 6th and led for 18 laps. In 2009, Servia ran for Rahal Letterman Racing and he started 25th and finished 26th as his day was ended early due to a mechanical issue. In 2008, he qualified 25th for KV Racing Technology and finished 11th. In 2002, Servia practiced for the month of May and attempted to qualify for Walker Racing, but did not make the show.
  • In the last four races combined, Servia has gained a total of 39 positions (7 positions in St. Pete to finish 16th, 13 positions in Barber to finish 13th, 7 positions in Long Beach to finish 16th, and 12 positions in Brazil to finish 11th).
  • Last year Oriol Finished fourth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings....Recorded 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of second at New Hampshire and Baltimore....Among three drivers to be running at the finish in all 17 races..... Led all drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011)....Oriol was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in first five races of the season.

Panther DRR

  • DRR has competed in the Indy 500 for the last 12 years.  Last season the team ran four cars: Davey Hamilton (SP: 15th / FP: 24th), Justin Wilson (SP: 19th/ FP: 16th), Ana Beatriz (SP: 32nd/ FP: 21st), Paul Tracy (SP: 24th/ FP: 25th)...2010: Justin Wilson, Tomas Scheckter and Mike Conway all led laps for the 500-first time in DRR history for three of the four entries entered to lead the Indy 500. Wilson (SP: 11th /FP: 7th), Scheckter (SP: 20th / FP: 15th), Ana Beatriz (SP: 21st / FP: 21st). Both Bia and Mike had contact on the last lap of the race....2009: For the first time in the team's history, DRR entered four cars for the 500 with one of the entries being with Richard Petty (making it his first Indy 500 entry). Mike Conway (SP: 27th/ FP: 18th), John Andretti (SP: 28th / FP: 19th), Milka Duno (SP: 30th / FP: 20th), Davey Hamilton made contact (SP: 22nd / 29th).....2008: Buddy Rice (SP: 17th/ FP: 8th), Milka Duno (SP: 27th/ FP: 19th), Townsend Bell (SP: 12th/ FP: 10th).....2007: Sarah Fisher (SP: 21st/ FP: 18th), Buddy Rice (SP: 16th/ FP: 25th), Roger Yasukawa (SP: 23rd/ FP: 21st)....2006: Al Unser Jr (SP: 27th/ FP: 24th ---accident), Buddy Lazier (SP: 25th/ FP: 12th)....2005: Roger Yasukawa (SP: 17th/ FP: 18th -mechanical), Jeff Buknum (SP: 21st/ FP: 22nd -accident)....2004: Felipe Giaffone (SP: 25th/ FP: 15th), Buddy Lazier (SP: 28th/ FP: 23rd ---fuel system)...2003: Robbie Buhl (SP: 18th/FP: 22nd-engine), Sarah Fisher (SP: 24th/ 31st-engine/accident)...2002: Robbie Buhl (SP: 2nd/ FP: 16th), Sarah Fisher (SP: 9th/ FP: 23rd)....2001: Robbie Buhl (SP: 9th/ FP: 15th)...2000:Robbie Buhl (SP: 9th/ FP: 26th), Steve Knapp (SP: 27th/ FP: 19th).
  • Two weeks ago it was announced that the Indianapolis-based squad has united with two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing to form a strategic alliance on Oriol Servia's entry for the remainder of the 2012 season. The No. 22 Panther/DRR team will utilize Panther's second Chevrolet engine lease and work in conjunction with the No. 4 National Guard team and driver JR Hildebrand beginning with this month's 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on the final practice before the 500: "I'm really happy. We put the team to the test. They've worked really hard in the last couple of days to try to put together all of the data that we got from running the whole week and we came up with a setup a little bit different from what we've been running. Just having the time to think and go through the notes helped a lot. Usually Carb day is a day that you just do a couple of outings to make sure that you didn't change the car much, but we actually changed the car and it felt really good. I'm feeling very confident for the race."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track Sunday, May 27th for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is scheduled for noon (ET) and live coverage on ABC and the IMS Radio Network will start at 11 a.m. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.