LOTUS DRR COMPLETES QUALIFYING FOR THE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- St. Petersburg, Florida, March 24, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia qualified 23rd for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He clocked a lap time of 1:02.8771.
  • This weekend 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 qualifying:

"We're really disappointed. We knew that we didn't have the speed to challenge up front, but we definitely thought that we would be higher up. Again, it's the first race and we know that we lacked some testing and it's a new car. The important thing for tomorrow is to finish. For the first few events it's important to get points and that's what we are going to do."

Back on Track:

Lotus DRR will be on track starting with warm-up on Sunday at 8:35 am ET for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race will be telecast live on ABC. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.