PANTHER DRR FINISHES 20th IN THE FIRESTONE 550 AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

PANTHER DRR FINISHES 20th IN THE FIRESTONE 550 AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

RACE NOTES/QUOTES---- Dallas, Texas, June 9, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Due to two cars having issues at the start, Servia started the race 11th.  The yellow came out on Lap 31 and the team brought him in on Lap 35 for a full fill of fuel and fresh Firestone Firehawk tires.  The pit stop gained Servia three positions and he filtered out to P8.
  • Another caution came out on Lap 64 and Servia pitted on Lap 66 for a full fill of fuel and fresh tires.  He came in P11 and filtered back out to P8.  It was at that point that trouble would set in.  After the Lap 7 restart Oriol started to drop back and on Lap 89 he had to come in because there was a fuel pressure problem and his day was ended early.  Servia finished the race in 20th position.
  • Yesterday Servia qualified 12th for the Firestone 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway.  He was 16th in line today for qualifying and earned his best qualifying result ever at this track.  He secured a spot on the grid with a two-lap average qualifying speed of 213.957 mph (Lap 1-214.029 mph, Lap 2-213.884 mph).
  • This weekend marked Servia's 4th start at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year he started 14th and finished 21st in race one and in race two he started 17th and finished 15th.  In 2008, he started 16th and finished 26th due to contact.
  • In six races, Servia has gained a total of 73 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, and 11 positions in Detroit to finish 5th).

  • The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix marked the second top-five finish in a row for Panther DRR and Oriol Servia.  Last weekend,
  • This year's Indianapolis 500 marked a career-best result in the race for Oriol Servia and Panther DRR.  It was the Spaniard's fourth start and he finished the day with his best result for the race.  It was the same story for the team.  Last Sunday's race was Panther DRR's 13th start and their best result for the Indianapolis 500 race as well.
  • Servia qualified 27th for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and finished a career-best at the IMS track with a 4th place result.  After a last minute stop due to a tire going down in the early part of the race, Servia went a lap down for most of the event as a result.  During the last stint, Servia got his lap back and went from 18th to 4th place in 20 laps.
  • Valspar is 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.
  • This weekend marked Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's 18th time to compete at the 1.5-mile oval.  The team has started at least one car in every race at the track since 2000.  In 2001, Robbie Buhl finished team best of 3rd in 2001.  DRR has led a total of 33 laps at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • 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 the race: "It's one of those things that happen in motor racing.  The Valspar car was running great and we worked really hard over night to come up with a good setup.  I thought that I had a better car than anybody around me so I felt really strong for the race.  We wanted to have a mistake free race and get there in the end like our style and then attack.  Everything was going according to plan until I started to have a fuel pressure alarm on the steering and then I started to feel it a little bit on the end of the straights.  The last 15 laps and the whole lap around I was full throttle but it was rattling and it just wouldn't carry any speed. We think that we had a fuel injector problem or something, which is rare, but it happened today. It was unfortunate because the guys did a great job, but now we move onto Milwaukee."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track next weekend for the Milwaukee IndyFest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The race is scheduled at 1:00 pm ET.  Live coverage will be on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.