PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- Birmingham, Alabama, March 30,
- Servia only ran 7 laps in today's first practice session. There
was an electrical problem and the Lotus DRR crew had to fix the
issue, and as a result Servia was unable to get back out. He
clocked the 23rd quickest time of the day with a time of
- During the second practice session, Oriol ran two laps and had
to bring the car back into pit lane. There was a problem with the
motor and the team has to change it.
- This season will mark Servia's second start at Barber
Motorsports Park. In 2011, he qualified 6th and finished 5th.
- Servia will pilot the No. 22 Charter primary livery for the
first time this season. Charter is a leading broadband
communications company, and the nation's fourth-largest cable
operator providing broadband entertainment and communications
services that includes advanced Charter TVTM, Charter InternetTM
access, and Charter PhoneTM to homes and businesses across 25
- 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.
- This year will be Lotus DRR's 13th season of IndyCar
competition, making them one of the longest tenured teams in the
- This weekend will mark the team's 3rd time to compete at Barber
- In 2010, the team started 2nd with Mike Conway and 11th with
Justin Wilson at Barber and finished 7th with Wilson and 9th with
Conway in the race. Last year Wilson started 5th and finished 19th
and Simon Pagenaud started 23rd and finished 8th in the race.
- During the off-season Lotus DRR (formerly known as Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing) underwent a huge rebranding effort and was able to
display their new logo and livery at Spring Training in Sebring,
Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR:
"I'm a little disheartened because the one place that I kept
saying since day one that I wanted to spend some time testing was
here and Sonoma. They are two very technical tracks and very
important to find a good setup for the car and for the driver. You
need lots of laps here. We didn't come testing and we had a little
bit of bad luck today. We had an electrical issue in the first
practice and only got one run in. During the second session we had
a problem with the motor and didn't get to run much. We'll see what
tomorrow brings and I'm sure we'll do the best job that we
Dennis Reinbold, Lotus DRR Co-Owner:
"It's a new motor and we came out behind the Chevy and the Honda
and we're still struggling to come up with testing days.
Unfortunately, these are things that we are finding and due to time
we're finding them out during a race weekend. We found a problem
with the motor which is causing us to change it."
Back on Track:
Lotus DRR will be back on track this weekend for the Honda Indy
Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 1st at 2:00 pm ET. The race
will be telecast live on NBC Sports. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.