DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR PANTHER DRR IN EDMONTON

RACE NOTES/QUOTES---- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- July 22, 2012

Fast Facts:

  • Yesterday Servia qualified 20th for today's race, but due to an engine change last night for precautionary reasons, Panther DRR was penalized 10 grid spots. Fortunately, due to other drivers incurring the same penalty, Servia started the race 24th.
  • The Spaniard had a good clean start and gained one position on the first lap going from 24th to 23rd. For the first couple of laps it took awhile for the "car to wake up" as Oriol put it. However he gained three more spots in the first stint.
  • On Lap 24, Servia came in for the first time for a turn of front wing, a full fill of fuel and to switch from the Firestone Firehawk primary (black-sidewall) tires to the alternate (red-sidewall) tires. He was P20 when he came in and filtered out to P22.
  • Servia would come in for the second time on Lap 49. He was P21 when he came into the pits. He received a full fill of fuel, couple turns of front wing, and switched from the Firestone Firehawk (red-sidewall) tires to a fresh set of "red" tires. Unfortunately, the stop didn't go as planned for the team. As Servia went to leave the pit box he kept stalling due to a problem with the clutch and went down five laps as a result.
  • Fortunately, on Lap 54 Servia got back out and was in 24th position. As there was nothing more to gain due to being down five laps, he came in on Lap 71 and called it a day, finishing the race in 24th position (nine laps down).
  • Despite the mechanical issue, Servia clocked the third fastest lap of the race.
  • Servia was in Group 2 for yesterday's qualifying session. Unfortunately he did not advance to the Fast 12. He clocked the 20th fastest time of 1:17.3906.
  • This weekend marked Servia's 6th start in Edmonton (three of those starts were in Champ Car from 2005-2007). He has finished no worse than sixth in first four starts at track (2005-2008). His best finish was second in 2005 and his best start was third in 2008. Last year he started 8th and finished 22nd.
  • Servia currently sits 11th in the championship with 215 points and 15 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 5th).
  • 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 (was 4th in the Indy 500 and at Detroit).
  • This weekend Hurco was the primary on the No. 22 machine. Hurco is a leader in advanced manufacturing technology for the worldwide metal cutting market.  Founded in Indianapolis 44 years ago, Hurco holds numerous patents for manufacturing technology and continues to revolutionize the industry with its development of computerized machine tools that increase efficiency and productivity, which ultimately makes Hurco customers more profitable.  The broad line of Hurco computerized machine tools is used to make parts and molds for nearly every industry, including motorsports, automotive, aerospace, defense, energy/mining, agricultural equipment, medical, electronics, and consumer products.
  • 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.
  • In 12 seasons of competing in open wheel racing, Servia has 174 starts, 19 podium finishes, a win in Montreal (2005), a pole position at Surfer's Paradise (2005), 45 top-five finishes (including podiums), 85 top-10 finishes (includes top-five) and has led a total of 130 laps in his career.
  • Panther DRR competed for the fifth time at the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit. Last year, Justin Wilson started 15th and finished 5th and Ana Beatriz started 23rd and finished 13th.

 

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on the race: "It was long day.  To start with, I don't remember that last time that we had an IndyCar race without a yellow, especially at a place that I was saying before the race that there were going to be many.  It's interesting how we drivers can behave sometimes.  On our hand, it was the strangest race that I've ever had in terms of how the car behaved early on.  I think that we had a malfunction in the diff, I have to guess, because I couldn't brake at all without locking one wheel on the braking on the rear and having a lot of wheel-spin.  At the end when we put a lot of front wing in and changed the car and on the Firestone Firehawk alternate (red-sidewall) tires, we were able to do the fastest lap of the race, so the Hurco car wasn't bad.  Unfortunately, we had a mechanical with the clutch on our last stop that obviously made us go laps down and that put us out of the game.  It's a shame because we had a good strategy going.  Mechanicals happen in racing it's just a shame when it happens to you.  I'm glad that at the end we showed good pace."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will head back home to Indianapolis to prepare for the 12th round of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 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.