SERVIA, PANTHER DRR RIDE WAVE OF POSITIVE MOMENTUM INTO THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2013)Advance Practice Notes

  • Oriol Servia will drive the No. 22 Mecum Auctions Panther DRR Chevrolet in the 2013 Indianapolis 500

  • The No. 22 will take to the track for practice for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 12

  • Panther DRR and Servia are heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the heels of their best finish of the 2013 season, a 4th place in the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Servia finished 4th in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, his best finish and the best finish for Panther DRR

  • In 2011, Servia qualified on the front row of the Indianapolis and started 3rd

  • Qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Saturday, May 18 (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and Sunday, May 19 (NBC Sports Network, noon-6:30 p.m.)

  • After 4 of 19 races, Servia sits 8th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings following two consecutive top-6 finishes (Long Beach, 6th and Brazil, 4th)

  • The 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 MECUM AUCTIONS PANTHER DRR CHEVROLET: "We're coming off a strong two races, Long Beach and Brazil - 4th in Brazil, which is the same as we finished here last year. Everyone wants to win this race. It's the biggest race on the planet. Everyone is super excited, motivated, and prepared. Even with the bad news that we may not be able to continue this season, I know for a fact we have prepared 120 percent for this race. Dennis [Reinbold] and Robbie [Buhl] want to win this race as much as, or more, than any other team owner. We're still continuing our association with Panther, who have had great success here. We're adding a new teammate Mr. [Townsend] Bell, who not only is a friend and a neighbor, but also has the same manager as myself. It's coming together very nicely and we're as prepared as everyone. We're ready to work hard and do our jobs well.