LOTUS DRR PREPARED FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

RACE ADVANCE NOTES/QUOTES---- Birmingham, Alabama, March 27, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • This weekend will mark Servia's second start at Barber Motorsports Park. In 2011, he qualified 6th and finished 5th.
  • At last weekend's season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, Servia qualified 23rd for the race and finished 16th, recording the 14th fastest lap time of the race with a time of 1:03.54. The Spaniard was looking at a top-10 finish, but unfortunately on his second pit stop as he was leaving pit lane the No. 22 TranSystems machine stalled several times due to the clutch not being able to engage. Oriol was unable to put the car into first gear as a result and he lost a lap.
  • 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 states.
  • 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 past and 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 3rd time to compete at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • Last year Wilson started 5th and finished 19th and Simon Pagenaud started 23rd and finished 8th in the race. 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.
  • During the off-season Lotus DRR (formerly known as Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) underwent a huge rebranding effort.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR, on the second race of the season:

"I am looking forward to Barber a lot. It's a very challenging place and it's a place that I really, really wanted to test at because it's very technical and very different from where we've been. Unfortunately we were unable to, but we will make it happen for this weekend. I really feel that we made good progress with the car in St. Pete and there are a couple of things that we learned that I think should translate for Barber."

Oriol on the Barber circuit:

"The course is very challenging and takes a lot of commitment. It's very technical in the way that it has a lot of up and downs and a little banking here and a little dipping there. Depending on where you put the car, you can carry a lot more speed than what you would think."

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.