LOTUS DRR COMPLETES DAY ONE OF PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- St. Petersburg, Florida, March 23, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia was 19th quickest in the first practice session with a time of 1:04.2946, making him the fastest of the Lotus drivers.
  • At the end of the second practice session, Oriol was 24th quickest with a time of 1:03.3535.
  • Servia completed a total of 48 laps (22 in session one, 26 in session two).
  • This season will mark Servia's third start at the St. Petersburg track. In 2008, he qualified 7th and finished 7th and in 2011 he qualified 15th and finished 9th.
  • This will be the first time that Servia has competed for Lotus DRR, he signed with the team in January.
  • 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.

Lotus DRR

  • This year will be Lotus DRR's 13th season of IndyCar competition, making them one of the longest tenured teams in the series.
  • This weekend will mark the team's 8th time to compete at the St. Pete street circuit.
  • In 2010, the team started 4th at St. Pete with Justin Wilson and finished 2nd in the race. Last year Wilson started 6th and finished 10th.
  • TranSystems is the primary livery on the No. 22 machine this weekend.  TranSystems is a global engineering firm focused on delivering solutions across the entire transportation world.  To achieve this, TranSystems consulting services span all modes, including architectural, engineering and planning, management and supply chain, transportation security and transportation real estate consulting services.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR, on the first day of practice:

"We're obviously not where we want to be, we wanted to be higher. I thought that the TranSystems car and the Lotus engine made progress from the first to second session, but it doesn't really show on the time sheets because it's very tight. It's amazing, you come up with a new car and new engines and you look at the field and it's so tight because two tenths of a second hold four or five people. It really shows how competitive the championship is and it will make us work that much harder to succeed."

Back on Track:

Lotus DRR will be on track starting with practice on Saturday at 9:55 am ET for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race will be telecast live on ABC. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com

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