PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- Lexington, OH, August 3,
- During practice Servia completed 22 laps and clocked the 12th
fastest time of 1:07.5207 (120.390 mph).
- This weekend will mark Servia's 8th start at Mid-Ohio Sports
Car Course (four of those starts were in Champ Car from 2000-2003).
Last year he started 20th and finished 8th. In 2000 he started 17th
and finished 10th, in 2001 he started 26th and finished 9th, in
2002 he started 12th and finished 10th, in 2003 he started 8th and
finished 18th, in 2008 he started 8th and finished 5th, in 2009 he
started 14th and finished 11th.
- Additionally, the team feels extra prepared this weekend
because they had the opportunity to test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course last week with Servia. He had a very successful test and
logged in plenty of miles.
- Servia currently sits 11th in the championship with 227 points
and is 10 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
- Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol
Servia have earned four top-five results in seven races, tying with
a season best of fourth place at the Indianapolis 500 and in
- The Mecum Auction Company will be the primary sponsor on the
No. 22 this weekend. Mecum Auctions has been
specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now
offering more than 10,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions
is the world leader of collector car, classic motorcycle, vintage
wooden boat and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the
United States and broadcast live on Discovery's Velocity Network.
For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call
- 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.
- This weekend will mark Panther DRR's sixth time to compete at
the 2.258- mile circuit. Last year, Justin Wilson broke his back
during practice and Simon Pagenaud had to fill in for him for the
race. Pagenaud qualified 18th and finished 13th and Ana Beatriz
started 25th and finished 17th. In 2010, Wilson qualified 11th and
finished 27th and JR Hildebrand started from 18th position and
finished 16th.The team finished best of eighth in 2007 after
starting ninth with Buddy Rice. In 2007, Sarah Fisher qualified
17th and finished 15th. In 2009, Mike Conway started 16th and
finished 20th and Duno started 20th and finished 21st. In 2008,
Rice qualified 7th and finished 20th and Duno qualified 26th and
- 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
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio:"To be honest we thought that
we were going to be a little better because at the test we were
really good so I thought that we were going to be higher up on the
time sheets. Fortunately, it's only Friday and we have all day
tomorrow and Sunday to shine. We will take it one step at a time
like we always do, continue to learn and do better."
Back on Track:
Panther DRR will hit the track tomorrow at 8:00 am ET for
practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. The
race is scheduled for Sunday, August 5th at 1:00 pm ET. Live
coverage will be on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit
www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.