PANTHER DRR COMPLETES DAY ONE OF PRACTICE FOR THE EDMONTON INDY

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia



  • Servia was 24th quickest in the first practice session with a time of 1:18.4726 (102.028 mph).
  • At the end of the second practice session, Oriol was 23rd quickest with a time of 1:17.4791 (103.336 mph).
  • Servia completed a total of 31 laps (14 in session one, 17 in session two).
  • This weekend will mark Servia's 6th start in Edmonton (three of those starts were in Champ Car from 2005-2007). He has finished no worse than sixth in first four starts at track (2005-2008). His best finish was second in 2005 and his best start was third in 2008. Last year he started 8th and finished 22nd.
  • Servia currently sits 10th in the championship with 215 points and just two points from 9th 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 six races, tying with a season best of fourth place (was 4th in the Indy 500).
  • 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.
  • In 12 seasons of competing in open wheel racing, Servia has 174 starts, 19 podium finishes, a win in Montreal (2005), a pole position at Surfer's Paradise (2005), 45 top-five finishes (including podiums), 85 top-10 finishes (includes top-five) and has led a total of 130 laps in his career.

Panther DRR

  • Panther DRR will be competing for the fifth time at the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit. Last year, Justin Wilson started 15th and finished 5th and Ana Beatriz started 23rd and finished 13th.
  • 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 practice for the Edmonton Indy: "If you noticed we weren't up front in the morning or the afternoon. We're just really struggling on the braking. It's a tough place on the brakes and there are three corners that come after a long straight, which is followed by a hard-braking and then a hairpin. In Toronto, that was probably our weakest point on the whole track and now we have three corners like that and we are struggling. We need to figure out if it's something in the system, the setup or the left foot of the driver. It's definitely our weak point and hopefully we get it right for tomorrow or ultimately for Sunday. A lot of people were struggling on the braking and I saw a lot of people in the run-offs both sessions and we were obviously a little bit worse so we need to figure it out."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will hit the track again tomorrow starting with practice at 11:00 am ET for the Edmonton Indy. The race is scheduled for Sunday, July 22nd at 2:45 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.