PANTHER DRR, SERVIA READY FOR 2013 INDYCAR SEASON OPENER IN THE STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG

INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2013)Advance Notes

  • Oriol Servia will drive the No. 22 Mecum Auctions Panther DRR Chevrolet in the 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
  • Mecum Auctions and Panther DRR announced a multi-year partnership in January; Mecum will be a sponsor partner of the team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, including the primary sponsorship on the No. 22 at the 2013 Indianapolis 500
  • Servia's best finish at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was 7th in 2008
  • Panther DRR finished 2nd in the 2010 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with Justin Wilson behind the wheel
  • The 2013 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will feature 110 laps around the 1.8 mile, 14-turn circuit through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg and a section of the runway of Albert Whitted Airport
  • The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at Noon (ET) on Sunday, March 24

ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 MECUM AUCTIONS PANTHER DRR CHEVROLET: "Going into St. Pete, I feel a million times better this year than I did last year, without any exaggeration! The field is unbelievable - I've never seen INDYCAR so competitive and I've been around for a while! I think it's going to be great for the fans. The competition level is honestly astronomical. Everybody's learned so much about this car and improved their game since last year, including us. It's going to be a great season and I'm ready to get started."