PANTHER DRR AND ORIOL SERVIA QUALIFIED 20th FOR THE EDMONTON INDY

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada --July 21, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session. Unfortunately he did not advance to the Fast 12. He clocked the 20th fastest time today with a time of 1:17.3906.
  • Servia was 20th quickest in today's morning practice session with a time of 1:17.9621 (102.696 mph).
  • Yesterday, Servia was 24th quickest in the first practice session with a time of 1:18.4726 (102.028 mph). At the end of the second practice session, Oriol was 23rd quickest with a time of 1:17.4791 (103.336 mph). Servia completed a total of 31 laps (14 in session one, 17 in session two).
  • This weekend will mark Servia's 6th start in Edmonton (three of those starts were in Champ Car from 2005-2007). He has finished no worse than sixth in first four starts at track (2005-2008). His best finish was second in 2005 and his best start was third in 2008.Last year he started 8th and finished 22nd.
  • Servia currently sits 10th in the championship with 215 points and just two points from 9th place.
  • 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 5th).
  • Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol Servia have earned four top-five results in six races, tying with a season best of fourth place (was 4th in the Indy 500).
  • This weekend Hurco is the primary on the No. 22 machine. Hurco is a leader in advanced manufacturing technology for the worldwide metal cutting market.  Founded in Indianapolis 44 years ago, Hurco holds numerous patents for manufacturing technology and continues to revolutionize the industry with its development of computerized machine tools that increase efficiency and productivity, which ultimately makes Hurco customers more profitable.  The broad line of Hurco computerized machine tools is used to make parts and molds for nearly every industry, including motorsports, automotive, aerospace, defense, energy/mining, agricultural equipment, medical, electronics, and consumer products.
  • 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.
  • In 12 seasons of competing in open wheel racing, Servia has 174 starts, 19 podium finishes, a win in Montreal (2005), a pole position at Surfer's Paradise (2005), 45 top-five finishes (including podiums), 85 top-10 finishes (includes top-five) and has led a total of 130 laps in his career.

Panther DRR

  • Panther DRR will be competing for the fifth time at the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit. Last year, Justin Wilson started 15th and finished 5th and Ana Beatriz started 23rd and finished 13th.
  • 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 Hildebrand.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on qualifying for the Edmonton Indy: "I actually felt like the car was a little better on the braking which has been our biggest weakness. We are still off a little bit and we're not hitting the nail on the head for what we need for here. We're trying hard and we usually show our brightest side on Sunday, so we hope to do that. A lot of people are struggling and you can see that on the grid. This is just a tough track. These brakes are really hard to nail what they need and you end up blocking one end or the other all of the time. When you can't brake late the whole corner gets messed up. Here you have three really hard braking zones and if you're not good at the braking then you are not going to look good on the lap times and that's what has happened."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will hit the track again starting with warm-up at 10:00 am ET for the Edmonton Indy. The race is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:45 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.