TESTING NOTES/QUOTES---- Sebring, Florida, March 9,
Things to Note:
- The two day test marked Servia's second test with Lotus DRR at
Sebring International Raceway (completed engine testing with Team
Lotus, making this his third test in the DW12).
- Servia was 12th (P22 combined) fastest on day one with a time
of 53.3479 seconds and 11th (P19 combined) fastest on day two with
a time of 52.9178 seconds, making him the quickest of the Lotus
- Oriol completed a total of 212 laps and logged a total of 354
miles over the two day test.
- This will be the first time that Servia has competed for Lotus
DRR, he signed with the team in January.
- Servia has been reunited with his engineer, Yves Touron, who he
has worked with in the past and has a solid relationship with.
- 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.
- During the off-season Lotus DRR (formerly known as Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing) underwent a huge rebranding effort and was able to
display their new logo and livery at the test.
Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR: "Yesterday, I
wasn't too happy. We didn't make the progress that we had wanted
to. The truth is, when you are trying new things that you haven't
tried before you cannot always hope that they will be better. Today
on the other hand, we did make some progress on both the car and
engine. We will see, there is still quite a bit of improvement left
to be made by St. Pete, but all we can do is just keep trying."
Dennis Reinbold, Lotus DRR Co-Owner: "We knew
coming into this test that we had a lot of work to do. We got
through a lot of our list of things to try out. We've been working
on trying to make the balance of the car better. Prior to this
test, we've really been doing engine development work. Even though,
we are still worked on that a little bit and the Lotus guys really
made some good strides, we were able to do some chassis tuning as
well, which is what we needed to focus on."
Next on the schedule:Lotus DRR will head home to
Indianapolis to prepare the car before heading to St. Petersburg,
Florida for the season opener on March 25th. The race will be
telecast live on ABC. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com
for more updates.