RACE ADVANCE NOTES/QUOTES---- Indianapolis, Indiana, May 30, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • This weekend will mark Servia's 4th start at the Detroit Belle Isle track. In 2008, he started 3rd and finished 4th. During his rookie season in 2000, Servia finished on the podium, earning a 3rd place result. He has finished in the top four twice in three starts at the Belle Isle circuit.
  • In the last five races combined, Servia has gained a total of 62 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, and 23 positions in Indianapolis to finish 4th).
  • Servia qualified 27th for last weekend's Indianapolis 500 and finished a career-best at the IMS track with a 4th place result. After a last minute stop due to a tire going down in the early part of the race, Servia went a lap down for most of the event as a result. During the last stint, Servia got his lap back and went from 18th to 4th place in 20 laps.
  • This will be the first time that Servia has competed for Panther DRR, he signed with the team in January.   Servia has been reunited with his engineer, Yves Touron, who he has worked with in the pastand has a solid relationship with.
  • 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 will mark the team's 3rd time to compete at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
  • Panther DRR's best finish at Belle Isle was 7th in 2007 with Buddy Rice driving. The team's best start of 15th in 2007 with Buddy Rice.
  • Last weekend's Indianapolis 500 marked a career-best result in the race for Oriol Servia and Panther DRR. It was the Spaniard's fourth start and he finished the day with his best result for the race. It was the same story for the team. Last Sunday's race was Panther DRR's 13th start and their best result for the Indianapolis 500 race as well.
  • 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.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on Detroit: "This couldn't be better timing for us going into Detroit with the momentum we have from Indy.  It's a busy schedule.  We have a lot of races back to back, which is usually tough, but in our case, we just got the great Chevy power behind us and it's very refreshing.  I think the entire team is looking forward to this weekend.  Especially after just having done Indy, which was our first race with Chevrolet.  It was such a great one by finishing fourth, coming through the back and the way we did it.  It was a lot of fun. I'm really excited to go to Detroit which is Chevrolet's home race.  It's also the place where I got my first podium as a rookie and in 2008 was the last time that I raced there.  We were running up front and challenging for the win until the last pit stop and I think I finished 4th or 6th.  Detroit is a place that has treated me very well and I'm excited to go back there this weekend with Chevy power."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track this week for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The race is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd at 3:30 pm ET. Live coverage will be on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit for more updates.