BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 7, 2013) - Race
- Oriol Servia finished 15th in the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of
Alabama in the No. 22 Charter Panther DRR Chevrolet.
Servia started the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
in the 18th position after yesterday's qualifications for the
Verizon P1 Award.
In Turn 7 of Lap 1, Servia was hit from behind and
spun off course. The beam wing was torn off the rear of the car and
damage to the front of the car required a change to a new nose.
Fast work by the crew kept the No. 22 on the lead lap.
Debris from the incident caused a full course
caution. Servia dropped all the way to 26th position following the
repairs, but took the restart on Lap 6 in 22nd place.
Routine pit stops for the No. 22 followed under green
flag conditions on Lap 16, 40, and 66. Turns of front wing were the
only changes made to the car.
On the final lap, Servia was passed by Takuma Sato
but was able to pass Graham Rahal and Sebastian Bourdais to end the
race in 15th.
The 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama featured 90
laps around the 2.38 mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course of
Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham.
- Panther DRR will return to the track April 19-21 for the Toyota
Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. The No. 22 will
continue to carry the Charter Communications livery.
ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 CHARTER PANTHER DRR
CHEVROLET: "That was a disappointing race. On the first lap,
I was involved in the first crash. I got hit from behind and I hit
Hinch, which I'm sorry for. I saw three cars abreast in front of me
and I tried to take it easy, maybe Graham [Rahal] didn't see it and
we all just ran into them. It was a bad start and it's hard to come
back from last. We had a decent car, but I had the rear bumper
ripped off in that first crash so the car was not behaving at it's
best. We did what we could, we were never as fast as the top five
cars, but we definitely as good as those running 6th, 7th, and 8th.
If we would have been able to jump up front, we would have been
able to stay there."