PANTHER DRR READY FOR SONOMA; TRANSYSTEMS TO BE PRIMARY ON THE NO. 22 MACHINE

ADVANCE NOTES/QUOTES---- Indianapolis, IN, August 22, 2012

Fast Facts:

* TranSystems will be 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 will have an associate partnership with Panther DRR for this weekend's event. The Mondavi logo will be incorporated into the new TranSystems paint scheme. Brian Larson, Chairman & CEO of TranSystems Corporation, is thrilled about the partnership for the weekend, "TranSystems is excited to be back for the third consecutive year as the primary sponsor for the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Our long and beneficial association with Panther DRR continues to return rich dividends for us. One of those includes our great association with Racing For Kids, our favorite non-profit organization where this marks our best fundraising efforts to date raising funds for this worthy mission.

We are also excited to welcome the Michael Mondavi Family Estates to our partnership and joining us on the #22 car for a second year in a row. We wish Oriol the best on this exciting track and have a special tribute to him on the car this weekend. IndyCar racing truly represents the best of experience transportation and we couldn't be more excited for this weekend."

* This weekend will mark 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.

* Additionally, the team feels extra prepared this weekend because they had the opportunity to test at Infineon Raceway last week with Servia. He had a very successful test and logged in plenty of miles.

* 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 5th).

* 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 Detroit.

* For the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Servia qualified 11th, but due to Alex Tagliani incurring a 10 grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change, Oriol started the race 10th. Unfortunately, the start of the race took a disappointing turn. As the green flag waved, Oriol lost the top three gears on the No. 22 machine and as a result he had to immediately come into the pits to change the gearbox, causing him to go down six laps. Although the start wasn't what the team had hoped for, Servia proved that he had the fastest car out on the track as he clocked four of the fastest lap times and three of which were the quickest of the race. His fastest laps were clocked on Lap 72 (leader lap) with a time of 67.1757 seconds, his second fastest time was on lap 74 (leader lap) with a time of 667.3392 seconds and his third fastest lap was on Lap 60 (leader lap) with a time of 67.3393 seconds. He finished the race in 25th position.

* 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 will mark 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 Hildebrand.

 

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther DRR, on the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma: "We are in the last stretch and I feel that the last races are very special because they are almost like home races for me. First, with Sonoma, I live in California so that's a home race for me and then we go to Baltimore, home of the Orioles and then we come back to LA for the last race. We tested at Sonoma and it was a good test. Not only did we learn about the car but I think that the car looks awesome with the TranSystems paint job and the Dali face. It's definitely hits a home run."

Oriol Servia on the new Infineon Raceway track layout: "I think that it's great that the track is trying to improve the race and the show. I think particularly Turn 7 will bring more excitement to the race because it will provide more overtaking and the chicane in Turn 9 is going to be also more fun to see the cars going through there. I think that the race is going to be very exciting and mainly because of the tires that Firestone decided to bring to these tracks. I believe it will be a race like Barber where when the tire is new it's a lot faster than when it's old and it will provide a lot of action on track when people are at different points of their tire life. I expect it to be a busy and entertaining race for both the fans and the drivers."

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on the track this weekend 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 more updates.