LOTUS DRR COMPLETES QUALIFYING FOR THE SAO PAULO INDY 300

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- São Paulo, Brazil, April 28, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • With rain in the forecast every day this weekend, it fortunately stayed dry for today's practice and qualifying. Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session. Unfortunately, he did not advance to the Fast 12. He clocked the 24th quickest time today with a time of 1:23.4509.
  • This weekend will mark Servia's second start for the São Paulo Indy 300. Last year he started 16th and finished 5th.
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  • This will be the first time that Servia has competed for Lotus DRR, he signed with the team in January.   Servia has been reunited with his engineer, Yves Touron, who he has worked with in the pastand has a solid relationship with.
  • 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.

Lotus DRR

  • This year will be Lotus DRR's 13th season of IndyCar competition, making them one of the longest tenured teams in the series.
  • This weekend will mark the team's third time to compete at the São Paulo Indy 300.
  • In 2010 Mike Conway qualified his car 19th and finished 8th, Wilson started on the second row in 3rd position and finished 11th, and Beatriz qualified 22nd and brought the car home in 13th place. Last year Wilson started 8th and finished 7th and Beatriz started 25th and finished 24th in the race.
  • Lotus and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing have reached an amicable resolution to end their agreement. The two entities had entered into a contract back in November for Lotus to be the team's engine supplier in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Lotus remains completely committed to IndyCar and has worked diligently to rise to the challenge. Given the circumstances of the regulatory requirement to supply multiple teams, the late timing of Lotus' entry and the unanticipated difficulties caused by the change of ownership, Lotus has made the decision to reduce the number of cars it runs. As a result, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will run the Lotus engine for the final time in Brazil.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR, on qualifying in Brazil: "I was pretty happy with the balance of the car. It was better than the lap time looked. We knew that this place was the longest straight of the championship, so we were a little too greedy trying to get more speed on the straight lines. I think that we trimmed out too much, which hurt the grip of the car and we were sliding around a little bit too much and we lacked on top speed. I'm happy with the work, but we just didn't have the speed."

Back on Track: Lotus DRR will be back on track tomorrow starting with warm-up for the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 Presented by Nestle in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The race will be telecast live tomorrow on NBC Sports Network at 11:00 am ET. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.