LOTUS DRR COMPLETES QUALIFYING FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Los Angeles, California, April 14, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session. Unfortunately he did not advance to the Fast 12. He clocked the 20th fastest time today with a time of 1:10.6835, making him the fastest of the Lotus cars. Yesterday morning Lotus DRR had to change the engine for the No. 22 Motegi Racing machine, and as a result, the team was penalized for making an unapproved engine change and will be penalized 10 grid positions for the race.
  • This weekend will mark Servia's 10th start at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Last year he started 4th and finished 6th. After a late race collision, Servia, who was in contention for a podium finish did a great job to avoid the pile up which resulted in Oriol doing a 360-degree spin, got the car back in control and finished the race in 6th position. He competed in CART/Champ Car races at the track from 2000 to 2008. His previous best starts were 8th in 2003 and 2006 and his best finish was 2nd in 2007. Servia has led 12 laps at the track.
  • For the last three years Servia has called Santa Monica, California home. He moved out west with his girlfriend Jackie at the end of 2008 and the couple still lives in California, which will make this weekend a "homecoming" for the Spaniard.
  • Motegi Racing is the primary livery on the No. 22 machine this weekend.  Through technical partnerships with leading professional racing teams, Motegi Racing Competition and High Performance Tuning wheels are designed and engineered for performance. Motegi Racing is owned by Wheel Pros, one of the largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks.
  • 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 4th time to compete at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
  • In 2009 the team started 16th with Darren Manning and finished 19th and with Conway, started 16th and finished 21st. In 2010, the team started 3rd with Justin Wilson and 16th with Mike Conway at Long Beach and finished 2nd with Wilson and 10th with Conway in the race. Last year Wilson started 5th and finished 22nd and Ana Beatriz started 26th and finished 19th in the race.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR, on qualifying in Long Beach:

"Today wasn't great and not what we wanted. We are still learning as always and the Motegi Racing car was a lot better in qualifying than it was this morning and that's a nice step. The truth is we are disappointed because we didn't make the cut, but we were still eight tenths from making it. We still need big improvements and we need top speed. At least compared to the other Lotus cars we did a good job.

Back on Track:

Lotus DRR will be back on track tomorrow starting with warm-up at 9:15 a.m. PT for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race will take place tomorrow at 3:30 pm ET. The race will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network. Please visit

www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.