QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Sonoma, CA, August 25,
- Servia was in Group 2 for today's qualifying session.
Unfortunately he missed a spot in the Fast 12 by one tenth of a
second. He clocked the 20th fastest time today with a time of
1:18.9672 (108.729 mph).
- During this morning's practice session Oriol came into the pits
with around six minutes left of practice complaining of a tire
going down. It ended up being a monoball that failed on the left
front upper wishbone that had to be replaced. He was 24th
- Yesterday during practice Servia completed 22 laps and clocked
the 11th fastest time of 1:19.6631 (107.779 mph).
- TranSystems is the primary livery on the No. 22 machine this
weekend. TranSystems is a global engineering ﬁrm focused on
delivering solutions across the entire transportation world.
To achieve this, TranSystems consulting services span all modes,
including architectural, engineering and planning, management and
supply chain, transportation security and transportation real
estate consulting services. The No. 22 machine will sport a new and
improved look for this weekend's race. The TranSystems primary will
incorporate Servia's helmet design with the self-portrait of Dali
on the side of the car. Also, the Michael Mondavi Family Estate has
an associate partnership with Panther DRR for this weekend's event.
The Mondavi logo is incorporated into the new TranSystems
- This weekend marks Servia's 4th start at Infineon Raceway. Last
year he started 18th and finished 11th. In 2010, he started 17th
and finished 6th. His first start at the track was in 2008 where he
started 6th and finished 15th.
- Servia currently sits 11th in the championship with 237 points
and is 19 points from 10th 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
- Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol
Servia have earned four top-five results in eight 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 marks the team's eighth time to compete at the
12-turn 2.303 mile circuit. Last year, Giorgio Pantano
qualified 11th and finished the race 17th due to being penalized on
the last lap after having run in 6th place for most of the race and
Ana Beatriz started 10th and finished 13th. In 2011,
Panther DRR finished 6th with Wilson and 24th with Hildebrand, 3rd
with Mike Conway in 2009, 11th in 2005 with Roger Yasukawa, and
11th in 2008 with Buddy Rice. The team's best start at
Infineon was in 2010 with Justin Wilson and in 2006 with Ryan
Briscoe, who both started seventh.
- 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
GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma: "The weekend wasn't going
too bad, but yes I'm a little disappointed. We've really been
improving and we came from Mid-Ohio where we were the fastest lap
of the race. We tested last week and the TranSystems car was good,
but we just couldn't put it together today. It's just so tight and
one tenth I would have made the top six, but now I'm going to start
20th because I didn't get that one tenth. That's what's tough and
you always think that you have that tenth in you no matter how the
car is you always feel that you cold at least do a tenth better, so
that's why I'm not that happy right now. I think that at least we
have the best looking car out there thanks to TranSystems and the
Dali face on the side. You know we always do good on Sunday and
tomorrow we will do it again."
Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on the
track tomorrow at 12:00 pm ET for warm-up for the GoPro Indy Grand
Prix of Sonoma. The race is scheduled for Sunday, August 26th at
4:30 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the
IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for