DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR PANTHER DRR AND SERVIA IN IOWA

RACE NOTES/QUOTES---- Des Moines, Iowa, June 23, 2012

Fast Facts:

  • Due to other cars falling back or not starting the race, Servia started 13th as the green flag dropped. He bounced back and forth in positions during the first stint.
  • The yellow flag came out on Lap 68 and Servia came into the pits for his first stop on Lap 70. Unfortunately, the stop didn't go according to plan, as the valve in the fuel hose wouldn't close which caused the fuel to keep releasing. As a result, it caused a fuel fire in the pits.
  • Fortunately Servia was able to go back out, but came in again on Lap 92 to repair the car and check the engine. He was able to get back out on Lap 96. Unfortunately, Servia had to come back into the pits on Lap 100 where his day would end early and he would finish in 21st position.
  • In a departure from single-car qualifications, three heat races were held yesterday to set the starting grid for the 250-lap race. Qualification groups were determined by lap times recorded by entries in the second (45-minute) practice session earlier in the day. For last night's heat races, Race 1 consisted of the even-numbered positions, starting with the 10th-quickest practice time overall, and determined the even numbered positions in the starting field from 10th down.Race 2 consisted of the odd-numbered positions, starting with the ninth-quickest practice time overall, and determined the odd-numbered positions in the starting field from ninth down.Race 3 consisted of drivers ranked one through eight by combined practice times.  Results of Race 3 were determined by the first four rows, with the winner taking the pole position.
  • Servia was 18th quickest in the second practice session, which put him in the first heat race. He started 5th and finished 5th for that race. As a result, Servia qualified 18th for tomorrow's event, but due to other cars being penalized he will start 15th for the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
  • This weekend marked Servia's 3rd start Iowa Speedway. Last year he started 11th and finished 14th. In 2008, Servia finished 16th after starting 10th.
  • After the Milwaukee IndyFest, Servia joked that he should chill during the race weekend and just show up for the race. In seven races, Servia has gained a total of 89 positions (7 positions in St. Pete to finish 16th, 13 positions in Barber to finish 13th, 7 positions in Long Beach to finish 16th, 12 positions in Brazil to finish 11th, 23 positions in Indianapolis to finish 4th, 11 positions in Detroit to finish 5th, and 16 positions in Milwaukee to finish 4th).
  • Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol Servia have earned three top-five results in four races, tying with a season best of fourth place (was 4th in the Indy 500).
  • Servia piloted the No. 22 Sandvik Coromant primary livery for the first time this season.  Sandvik Coromant is the world's leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions and know-ho to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development, Sandvik Coromant creates unique innovations and sets new productivity standards together with their customers. These include the world's major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has 8,000 employees and is represented in 130 countries.
  • 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 visited Iowa Speedway for the 6th time. In 2007, Buddy Rice finished 5th after starting 17th and in 2009 both of the team's cars finished in the top-ten (Scheckter-6th, Conway 9th). In 2008, DRR finished 9th with Graham Rahal and led 11 laps. Last year Justin Wilson started 12th and finished 12th and Ana Beatriz started 18th and finished 23rd.
  • It was announced in May 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.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on the Iowa Corn Indy 250: "Well, today was a disappointing day. Actually this is kind of the same thing that happened to me last year. In the last pit stop the valve in the fuel hose wouldn't open and this year it wouldn't close so the fuel kept flowing on the car and it created a fire and I think it burned something on the back. We had to stop because we were burning the engine basically. I'm really disappointed because we took a big gamble on the setup and the Sandvik Coromant car was awesome and I hate losing points like this."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will go back to their Indianapolis headquarters for a break and will prepare for the Honda Indy Toronto on July 8th. The race is scheduled at 1:00 pm ET. Live coverage will be on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.