- 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
- 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
- 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).
- 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 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
- 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 practice for the
Edmonton Indy: "If you noticed we weren't up front in the
morning or the afternoon. We're just really struggling on the
braking. It's a tough place on the brakes and there are three
corners that come after a long straight, which is followed by a
hard-braking and then a hairpin. In Toronto, that was probably our
weakest point on the whole track and now we have three corners like
that and we are struggling. We need to figure out if it's something
in the system, the setup or the left foot of the driver. It's
definitely our weak point and hopefully we get it right for
tomorrow or ultimately for Sunday. A lot of people were struggling
on the braking and I saw a lot of people in the run-offs both
sessions and we were obviously a little bit worse so we need to
figure it out."
Back on Track: Panther DRR will hit the track
again tomorrow starting with practice at 11:00 am ET for the
Edmonton Indy. The race is scheduled for Sunday, July 22nd 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