ORIOL SERVIA FINISHES 5TH IN HEAT RACE; WILL START 15th FOR THE IOWA CORN INDY 250

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Des Moines, Iowa, June 22, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

 

  • In a departure from single-car qualifications, three heat races were held tonight 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 tonight'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 will mark 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).
  • Oriol started 20th and continuously moved up during the Milwaukee IndyFest race. He pitted for the first time on lap 61 for fuel and tires and again on Lap 75 to top off on fuel. Servia came in on Lap 97 and Lap 169 for fuel and tires. After that stop, he went from P8 to P4 and was good until the end of the race. On the Lap 192 restart, Servia passed Helio Castroneves for 3rd position. He tried to hang onto 3rd, but James Hinchcliffe passed him on Lap 217 and Servia would bring the Charter car home in 4th place. He qualified 22nd for the Milwaukee IndyFest, but started 20th due to other cars ahead of him that were penalized.
  • Servia will pilot 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

  • The team is looking forward to getting back to familiar ground as they will be visiting 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.
  • Panther DRR tested at Iowa Speedway last week and had a very successful two-day test in preparation for the race.
  • 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 qualifying heat race for the Iowa Corn Indy 250: " I don't know. I think we need to tweak it just a little bit and make it a little more exciting. It helped get a feel of the car in traffic and show that we still have some improvements to make overnight which should be good for tomorrow. For our day, it continues the trend of not qualifying where we want to qualify and we tried something a little different with the setup for the heat race and I'm still not very happy. Luckily, it wasn't the real race and we can still come back tomorrow with a winning one."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track tomorrow for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in Newton, Iowa. The race is scheduled at 10:00 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.