LOTUS DRR DEALT WITH PROBLEMS DURING PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- Birmingham, Alabama, March 30, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia only ran 7 laps in today's first practice session. There was an electrical problem and the Lotus DRR crew had to fix the issue, and as a result Servia was unable to get back out. He clocked the 23rd quickest time of the day with a time of 1:13.4960.
  • During the second practice session, Oriol ran two laps and had to bring the car back into pit lane. There was a problem with the motor and the team has to change it.
  • This season will mark Servia's second start at Barber Motorsports Park. In 2011, he qualified 6th and finished 5th.
  • Servia will pilot the No. 22 Charter primary livery for the first time this season.  Charter is a leading broadband communications company, and the nation's fourth-largest cable operator providing broadband entertainment and communications services that includes advanced Charter TVTM, Charter InternetTM access, and Charter PhoneTM to homes and businesses across 25 states.
  • 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 pastand 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.

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 3rd time to compete at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • In 2010, the team started 2nd with Mike Conway and 11th with Justin Wilson at Barber and finished 7th with Wilson and 9th with Conway in the race. Last year Wilson started 5th and finished 19th and Simon Pagenaud started 23rd and finished 8th in the race.
  • 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 Spring Training in Sebring, Florida.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR:

"I'm a little disheartened because the one place that I kept saying since day one that I wanted to spend some time testing was here and Sonoma. They are two very technical tracks and very important to find a good setup for the car and for the driver. You need lots of laps here. We didn't come testing and we had a little bit of bad luck today. We had an electrical issue in the first practice and only got one run in. During the second session we had a problem with the motor and didn't get to run much. We'll see what tomorrow brings and I'm sure we'll do the best job that we can."

 

Dennis Reinbold, Lotus DRR Co-Owner:

"It's a new motor and we came out behind the Chevy and the Honda and we're still struggling to come up with testing days. Unfortunately, these are things that we are finding and due to time we're finding them out during a race weekend. We found a problem with the motor which is causing us to change it."

Back on Track:

Lotus DRR will be back on track this weekend for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 1st at 2:00 pm ET. The race will be telecast live on NBC Sports. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.