ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 24, 2013) - Race Report
- Oriol Servia finished 17th in the 2013 Honda Grand
Prix of St. Petersburg in the No. 22 Mecum Auctions Panther DRR
- Servia advanced to Segment Two during qualifying
for the Verizon P1 Award yesterday and started today's race in the
- Servia got caught up in a multi-car incident in
Turn 9 on Lap 27, damaging the front nose and requiring a pit stop
for a nose change.
- On Lap 46, a strategic call to stay out under a
full-course caution launched Servia from running 17th after the
nose change to the lead. It would be the first laps Servia had
led since the 2011 Indianapolis 500.
- Servia would maintain the lead for 16 laps, from
Lap 46 to 61. Servia led the field to restart on Lap 53, opening up
a gap on Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and eventual race winner
- A routine pit stop for fuel and tires on Lap 61
became problematic as the car would not go into a gear leaving the
pit box. An issue with the clutch CCU was resolved and the team
would go on to take the checkered flag.
- Servia completed 104 of 110 laps and currently sits
17th in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series point standings after Round 1
- The 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
featured 110 laps around the 1.8 mile, 14-turn circuit through the
streets of downtown St. Petersburg and a section of the runway of
Albert Whitted Airport.
- Panther DRR will return to the track April 5-7 at
Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Ala. for the Honda
Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 MECUM AUCTIONS PANTHER DRR CHEVROLET:
"At least we showed what we've been saying - the team has
improved so much over the winter. We showed we had the pace. First
we had bad luck, there was a crash in front of us and I broke the
front wing. We were on a different strategy after that, but
it gave us the lead. The car was great; I was really happy to be
able to maintain and to keep that gap in front of
Castroneves, Power, and Hinchcliffe. I think the race was
going to play out in a way that would have had us finish in the top
five the way we were running. It was unfortunate - we came into the
pits, the clutch wouldn't disengage and we lost several laps fixing
the problem. However, I am still very happy with how we ran