PANTHER DRR COMPLETES DAY ONE OF PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA INDY TORONTO

PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES---- Toronto, Ontario, Canada-- July 6, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia was 12th quickest in the first practice session with a time of 1:01.5347 (102.674 mph).
  • At the end of the second practice session, Oriol was 15th quickest with a time of 1:01.0437 (103.500 mph).
  • Servia completed a total of 33 laps (20 in session one, 13 in session two).
  • This weekend will mark Servia's 11th start in Toronto (eight of those starts were in CART/Champ Car from 2000-2007). Last year he started 6th and finished 12th. Servia has finished in the top-5 twice (2003-finished 5th and 2005- finished 2nd) and the top-10 twice (2004-finished 9th and 2007-finished 10th).  His best start was third in 2007 when he was driving for Forsythe Racing.
  • After the Milwaukee IndyFest, Servia joked that he should chill during the race weekend and just show up for the race. In seven races, Servia has gained a total of 89 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, and 16 positions in Milwaukee to finish 4th).
  • Since making the switch to Chevy power, Panther DRR and Oriol Servia have earned three top-five results in five races, tying with a season best of fourth place (was 4th in the Indy 500).
  • Valspar will be the primary on the No. 22 machine this weekend. The Valspar Corporation is one of the largest global coatings manufacturers in the world, providing coatings and coating intermediates to a wide variety of customers and applications. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality, and the best customer service in the coatings industry.
  • 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 173 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 (inclues top-five) and has led a total of 130 laps in his career.

Panther DRR

  • Panther DRR will be competing for the fourth time at the 1.75-mile temporary street course. They have had one car qualify in the top six in the first two races at the track. Last year, Justin Wilson started 11th and finished 15th and Ana Beatriz started 26th and finished 11th. In 2010, the team set a track record and earned their first pole at the circuit with Justin Wilson, who led for 32-laps. Unfortunately, a late race spin caused Wilson to fall back positions, but he finished with a 7th place result. In 2009, Mike Conway started sixth and finished 22nd and Tomas Scheckter led for six laps before being eliminated from the race.
  • 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 Honda Indy Toronto: "I was quite happy with how we started the day with the Valspar car. We ended up P15, but we could have easily been in the top-ten or top-six. We made a couple of changes this afternoon that didn't go in the direction that we wanted, so we went a little backwards with the car, but that's what it takes to learn. You have to try things and I don't think we tried what we need for here, but now we have a direction for tomorrow and hopefully we'll be running up front."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will hit the track tomorrow at 9:45 am ET for practice for the Honda Indy Toronto. The race is scheduled for Sunday, July 8th at 1:00 pm ET. Live coverage will be on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.