PANTHER DRR AND ORIOL SERVIA QUALIFIED 20TH FOR THE GoPro INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA

 

 

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Sonoma, CA, August 25, 2012

Fast Facts:

  • Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session. Unfortunately he missed a spot in the Fast 12 by one tenth of a second. He clocked the 20th fastest time today with a time of 1:18.9672 (108.729 mph).
  • During this morning's practice session Oriol came into the pits with around six minutes left of practice complaining of a tire going down. It ended up being a monoball that failed on the left front upper wishbone that had to be replaced. He was 24th quickest.
  • Yesterday during practice Servia completed 22 laps and clocked the 11th fastest time of 1:19.6631 (107.779 mph).
  • TranSystems is the primary livery on the No. 22 machine this weekend.  TranSystems is a global engineering firm focused on delivering solutions across the entire transportation world.  To achieve this, TranSystems consulting services span all modes, including architectural, engineering and planning, management and supply chain, transportation security and transportation real estate consulting services. The No. 22 machine will sport a new and improved look for this weekend's race. The TranSystems primary will incorporate Servia's helmet design with the self-portrait of Dali on the side of the car. Also, the Michael Mondavi Family Estate has an associate partnership with Panther DRR for this weekend's event. The Mondavi logo is incorporated into the new TranSystems paint scheme.
  • This weekend marks Servia's 4th start at Infineon Raceway. Last year he started 18th and finished 11th. In 2010, he started 17th and finished 6th. His first start at the track was in 2008 where he started 6th and finished 15th.
  • Servia currently sits 11th in the championship with 237 points and is 19 points from 10th place.
  • In eight races, Servia has gained a total of 98 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, 16 positions in Milwaukee to finish 4th and 9 positions in Toronto to finish 5th).
  • Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol Servia have earned four top-five results in eight races, tying with a season best of fourth place at the Indianapolis 500 and in Detroit.
  • 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

  • This weekend marks the team's eighth time to compete at the 12-turn 2.303 mile circuit.  Last year, Giorgio Pantano qualified 11th and finished the race 17th due to being penalized on the last lap after having run in 6th place for most of the race and Ana Beatriz started 10th and finished 13th.   In 2011, Panther DRR finished 6th with Wilson and 24th with Hildebrand, 3rd with Mike Conway in 2009, 11th in 2005 with Roger Yasukawa, and 11th in 2008 with Buddy Rice.  The team's best start at Infineon was in 2010 with Justin Wilson and in 2006 with Ryan Briscoe, who both started seventh.
  • 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 qualifying for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma: "The weekend wasn't going too bad, but yes I'm a little disappointed. We've really been improving and we came from Mid-Ohio where we were the fastest lap of the race. We tested last week and the TranSystems car was good, but we just couldn't put it together today. It's just so tight and one tenth I would have made the top six, but now I'm going to start 20th because I didn't get that one tenth. That's what's tough and you always think that you have that tenth in you no matter how the car is you always feel that you cold at least do a tenth better, so that's why I'm not that happy right now. I think that at least we have the best looking car out there thanks to TranSystems and the Dali face on the side. You know we always do good on Sunday and tomorrow we will do it again."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on the track tomorrow at 12:00 pm ET for warm-up for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race is scheduled for Sunday, August 26th at 4:30 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.