QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Baltimore, Maryland,
September 1, 2012
- Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session.
Unfortunately, he missed a spot in the Fast 12 by three tenths of a
second. He clocked the 18th fastest time today of 1:19.3365 (92.568
- During this morning's wet and dry practice session due to the
weather, Servia was 19th quickest with a time of 1:21.2168.
- Yesterday morning's practice session was red flagged and then
was ended early to get driver opinion on the state of the course.
Oriol's thoughts were that a chicane needed to be put in by the
railroad tracks. As a result of the issues, Servia only completed
three laps in the first session. Track officials put tires in to
represent the permanent chicane that was constructed last night.
Practice was delayed due to the changes so the drivers only had 30
minutes to try out the new improvements.
- Panther DRR decided to try something different during
yesterday's second practice and the changes didn't work as planned.
Servia completed 12 laps in the second session and clocked the 25th
fastest time (1:24.6311).
- This weekend will mark Servia's second start at Baltimore. Last
year he started 14th and finished 2nd.
- On Thursday Oriol visited Oriole Park at Camden Yards and threw
out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles versus the Chicago
White Sox game.
- In recognition of his first name being a near-match with
Baltimore's MLB team, Servia debuted a special helmet design for
this year's Grand Prix that incorporates an oriole. Servia hails
from Catalonia, Spain, also home of artist Salvador Dali, which
prompted his series of unique, Dali-inspired helmet designs.
- Servia currently sits 13th in the championship with 249 points
and is 37 points from 10th place.
- WIX Filters is the primary on the No. 22 machine this weekend.
Since 1939, Wix has been an innovator in ﬁltration products. Wix
designs, manufactures, and distributes ﬁltration products for
automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial, and specialty ﬁlter
markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel,
coolant, transmission, and hydraulic ﬁlters for automobiles, trucks
and oﬀ-road equipment.
- In eight races, Servia has gained a total of 98 positions (7
positions in St. Pete to finish 16th, 13 positions in Barber to
finish 13th, 7 positions in Long Beach to finish 16th, 12 positions
in Brazil to finish 11th, 23 positions in Indianapolis to finish
4th, 11 positions in Detroit to finish 5th, 16 positions in
Milwaukee to finish 4th and 9 positions in Toronto to finish
- Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol
Servia have earned four top-five results in nine races, tying with
a season best of fourth place at the Indianapolis 500 and in
- 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.
- This weekend will mark the team's second time to compete at the
temporary street circuit. Last year, Ana Beatriz qualified 22nd and
finished 18th, Tomas Scheckter started 24th and finished 22nd , and
Giorgio Pantano started 15th, but was at the wrong place at the
wrong time when he made contact in all of the mayhem in Turn 3. His
day was ended early on Lap 43 and he finished the race 26th.
- It was announced in May that the Indianapolis-based squad
has united with two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing to
form a strategic alliance on Oriol Servia's entry for the remainder
of the 2012 season. The No. 22 Panther/DRR team will utilize
Panther's second Chevrolet engine lease and work in conjunction
with the No. 4 National Guard team and driver JR
Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on qualifying
for the Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by
"We didn't get the result that we wanted, but I'm smiling
and I'm happy. The WIX Filters car was good and we ended up six
tenths from the almighty Will Power in that qualifying group, which
is the closest we've been to the superman. Like I was saying, we
were six tenths off and sometimes he puts a whole second on the
field like he did now. I hate to say it and I never like to have
excuses to blame anybody, but on our fourth lap which was a good
one on tires and I was up a lap from my previous time and I lost my
time because I ran into Ryan Briscoe who was having a slow lap.
That is fine, but you should move away when you have somebody
catching you on a fast lap and he didn't and that messed us up
because I didn't have the tires to do it again. Overall, I'm happy
because the car was a lot better and we have something to play with
Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back
on track at 9:45 am ET tomorrow for warm-up for the Grand Prix of
Baltimore Presented by SRT. The race is scheduled for Sunday,
September 2nd at 2:30 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC
Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit
www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.