RACE DAY NOTES/QUOTES---- Detroit, Michigan, June
- Today marked the second top-five finish in a row for Panther
DRR and Oriol Servia.
- Before the start of the race Oriol moved up to P16 from P17
because Alex Tagliani, who was in third position on the grid was
unable to start the race. As the green flag waved Servia gained
three positions, going form P16 to P13 on the first lap.
- On Lap 25, Servia came in for a full fill of fuel and switched
from the Firestone Firehawk primary (black-sidewall) tires to the a
fresh set of alternate (red-sidewall tires). After the round of
stops Servia, he was 12th before he came in and then filtered out
- Things began to get interesting on Lap 39 when the caution came
out for James Hinchcliffe making contact in Turn 7 and Takuma Sato
making contact in Turn 12. As a result of that, Servia went from
P14 to P12. The pits opened and cars came in and the Spaniard
gained another two positions to put him in 10th place.
- The yellow was extended due to the track breaking up in Turns
6, 7, and 10. The red flag came out on Lap 44, which lasted for two
hours as repairs were made to the track.
- Before it was time to go green again all cars were able to come
in to put fresh tires on and the No. 22 Panther DRR crew put a set
of sticker Firestone Firehawk alternate (red-sidewall) tires on the
- On the Lap 46 restart, Servia started in 9th position and went
from 9th to 5th before the yellow came out on Lap 47. As a result
he was able to maintain that position for the remainder of the
- Servia was in Group 1 for yesterday's qualifying session.
Unfortunately he did not advance to the Fast 12. He clocked the
17th fastest time of 1:12.5754. Yesterday morning's practice
session did not go as planned for Panther DRR and Servia. On the
first lap out, Oriol made contact with the wall in Turn 13. There
was significant damage to the right front suspension and he was
unable to run the remainder of the session. Fortunately, the No. 22
crew got the car fixed in time for qualifying.
- This weekend marked 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 six races combined, Servia has gained a total of 74
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, 12 positions in Detroit to finish
- The Mecum Auction Company was 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 262.275.5050.
- 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.
- 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 marked the team's 3rd time to compete at the
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
- Today was Panther DRR's best finish at Belle Isle with a 5th
place result. In 2007 the team finished 7th in with Buddy Rice
driving. The team's best start of 15th in 2007 with Buddy
- 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 finishing 5th
for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: "Again,
it's the story of our season, whenever we give up, we come back. I
have to give big credits to the team, because I crashed Saturday
morning and that put us way behind schedule. We were a session
behind everyone and in qualifying it was difficult, but we just
kept improving. It's been a season of never giving up. Another
top-five with our second race with Chevy and a second top-five in a
row for the team so I'm very happy of what's to come for the rest
of the season. We had Mecum again on the car. It seems like
every time we have them with us we have a good ending so I'm very
happy. It's just a shame we couldn't bring a win or a podium
to Chevy at their home, but that's the way destiny works
Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back
next week in Texas. The race is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th.
Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio
Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more