PANTHER DRR QUALIFIES 13th FOR THE FIRESTONE 550 AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Fort Worth, Texas, June 8, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

  • Servia qualified 13th 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 will mark 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 the last six races combined, 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.
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  • 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.

Panther DRR

  • This weekend will mark 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 qualifying: "That was the first time we actually trimmed. In the practice earlier, we didn't have time to trim for qualifying. So, we took a guess and I think it was decent. We knew we probably weren't out there to go for pole. We just wanted to be solidly in, and in the middle. That is where we are going to be so not too bad to start. We've been starting a lot at the back this year. So anything better than that is going to feel better and make my job easier tomorrow."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track tomorrow for the Firestone 550 in Fort Worth, Texas. The race is scheduled at 8:00 pm ET. Live coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network and the IMS Radio Network. Please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com for more updates.