PANTHER DRR TO START 20TH FOR TOMORROW'S MILWAUKEE INDYFEST

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES---- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 15, 2012

Fast Facts:

Oriol Servia

 

  • Servia qualified 22nd for the Milwaukee IndyFest, but will start 20th due to other cars ahead of him that were penalized. He was 4th in line today for qualifying and secured a spot on the grid with a two-lap average qualifying speed of 160.375 mph.
  • This weekend will mark Servia's 11th start at the historic Milwaukee Mile track (his first two starts at the one-mile oval were in 1998 and 1999 in Indy Lights).
  • Last year he started 10th and finished 3rd. In 2008, Servia finished 6th after starting 9th. He Finished 2nd in the Champ Car race at the track in 2003.
  • In the first six races, Servia 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).
  • 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, which was 4th place. It was the same story for the team. The race was Panther DRR's 13th start and their best result for the Indianapolis 500 race as well. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix marked the second top-five finish in a row for Panther DRR and Oriol Servia.
  • Servia is piloting the No. 22 Charter primary livery for the second time this season.  Charter is a leading broadband communications company, and the nation's fourth-largest cable operator providing broadband entertainment and communications services that includes advanced Charter TVTM, Charter InternetTM access, and Charter PhoneTM to homes and businesses across 25 states.
  • 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 Panther DRR's 8th time to compete at the one-mile oval. The team has started at least one car in every race at the track since 2004. Last year Justin Wilson started 13th and finished 10th and Ana Beatriz started 11th and finished 17th. In 2008,Buddy Rice and Townsend Bell finished team best of 10th and 11th. DRR has led a total of 37 laps at The Milwaukee Mile.
  • 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 in Milwaukee: "Everything is better with our team since we went to Chevy. We have been very strong everywhere. Just for some reason this morning we didn't get the setup right, or there is something wrong with the car that we aren't understanding. In qualifying, the car felt its best, it was just very slow. I hope that we find out why. This race is for sure another one that with a good car you can win from the back. I keep saying that, but we keep showing it's true and I hope we can prove that tomorrow. I am very happy with how things have been going."

 

Back on Track: Panther DRR will be back on track tomorrow 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.