PANTHER DRR FAST FRIDAY NOTES

FAST FRIDAY/ DAY 7 PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- Indianapolis, Indiana, May 18, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Unfortunately, Oriol wasn't able to get any track time today. As the team warmed the car up this morning there was an issue with the car smoking. Fortunately, what was thought to be a problem with the motor ended up not being the reason, so the team will not have to take the penalty in Detroit for an unapproved engine change. However, the team had to spend most of the day to change the motor and then change it back to the original, which resulted in not being able to get out on track, but the team did get to the bottom of the problem.
  • On day one of practice Servia was 11th fastest (217.20 mph), on day two he was 19th fastest (217.656 mph), on day three he was 8th fastest (220.304mph), on day four of practice he was 15th fastest (219.948 mph), on day five he was 21st fastest (219.021 mph), and on day six he was 13th fastest (220.643 mph).
  • With all six practice days combined, Servia has completed a total of 283 laps.
  • Teammate JR Hildebrand posted a top lap speed of 225.571 mph, finishing 8th in the final standings in his No. 4 National Guard/Panther Racing entry.
  • Oriol Servia will be vying for his fourth start for the greatest spectacle in racing. Practice for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday.
  • Last year, Oriol qualified on the front row for Newman/Haas Racing. He started 3rd, finished 6th and led for 18 laps. In 2009, Servia ran for Rahal Letterman Racing and he started 25th and finished 26th as his day was ended early due to a mechanical issue. In 2008, he qualified 25th for KV Racing Technology and finished 11th. In 2002, Servia practiced for the month of May and attempted to qualify for Walker Racing, but did not make the show.
  • In the last four races combined, Servia has gained a total of 39 positions (7 positions in St. Pete to finish 16th, 13 positions in Barber to finish 13th, 7 positions in Long Beach to finish 16th, and 12 positions in Brazil to finish 11th).
  • 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

  • DRR has competed in the Indy 500 for the last 12 years.  Last season the team ran four cars: Davey Hamilton (SP: 15th / FP: 24th), Justin Wilson (SP: 19th/ FP: 16th), Ana Beatriz (SP: 32nd/ FP: 21st), Paul Tracy (SP: 24th/ FP: 25th)...2010: Justin Wilson, Tomas Scheckter and Mike Conway all led laps for the 500-first time in DRR history for three of the four entries entered to lead the Indy 500. Wilson (SP: 11th /FP: 7th), Scheckter (SP: 20th / FP: 15th), Ana Beatriz (SP: 21st / FP: 21st). Both Bia and Mike had contact on the last lap of the race....2009: For the first time in the team's history, DRR entered four cars for the 500 with one of the entries being with Richard Petty (making it his first Indy 500 entry). Mike Conway (SP: 27th/ FP: 18th), John Andretti (SP: 28th / FP: 19th), Milka Duno (SP: 30th / FP: 20th), Davey Hamilton made contact (SP: 22nd / 29th).....2008: Buddy Rice (SP: 17th/ FP: 8th), Milka Duno (SP: 27th/ FP: 19th), Townsend Bell (SP: 12th/ FP: 10th).....2007: Sarah Fisher (SP: 21st/ FP: 18th), Buddy Rice (SP: 16th/ FP: 25th), Roger Yasukawa (SP: 23rd/ FP: 21st)....2006: Al Unser Jr (SP: 27th/ FP: 24th ---accident), Buddy Lazier (SP: 25th/ FP: 12th)....2005:Roger Yasukawa (SP: 17th/ FP: 18th -mechanical), Jeff Buknum (SP: 21st/ FP: 22nd -accident)....2004: Felipe Giaffone (SP: 25th/ FP: 15th), Buddy Lazier (SP: 28th/ FP: 23rd ---fuel system)...2003: Robbie Buhl (SP: 18th/FP: 22nd-engine), Sarah Fisher (SP: 24th/ 31st-engine/accident)...2002: Robbie Buhl (SP: 2nd/ FP: 16th), Sarah Fisher (SP: 9th/ FP: 23rd)....2001: Robbie Buhl (SP: 9th/ FP: 15th)...2000: Robbie Buhl (SP: 9th/ FP: 26th), Steve Knapp (SP: 27th/ FP: 19th)
  • Lotus and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing reached an amicable resolution to end their agreement. The two entities had entered into a contract back in November for Lotus to be the team's engine supplier in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Lotus remains completely committed to IndyCar and has worked diligently to rise to the challenge. Given the circumstances of the regulatory requirement to supply multiple teams, the late timing of Lotus' entry and the unanticipated difficulties caused by the change of ownership, Lotus made the decision to reduce the number of cars it runs. As a result, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ran the Lotus engine for the final time in Brazil.
  • Last week it was announced 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 beginning with this month's 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on Fast Friday: "Obviously, it was not in our plan nor was it our ideal day because we wanted to get a feel of the car. We started the car and we saw some smoke and thought it was the engine. We rushed to change it to try to get out on track. When we put in the new engine it was still smoking just as much, which we then discovered that it didn't have anything to do with the motor. The bad thing is we didn't get to run today, but the good news is we didn't have the penalty that we thought we were going to have in Detroit. The truth is, JR had the whole day and he only did two runs. It's not like we missed a lot. All we wanted to do was check to make sure that everything was fine and he did and he's happy with the car. I'm pretty sure tomorrow we'll just need to do a couple of runs before qualifying and we'll have the time to do that in the morning and I know that we will have a strong car."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track tomorrow for qualifying for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is scheduled for noon (ET) Sunday, May 27. Live coverage on ABC and the IMS Radio Network will start at 11 a.m. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.