INDIANAPOLIS – Panther DRR is excited to announce that veteran driver Oriol Servia will be returning to the team for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Chevrolet will continue to power the Spaniard’s no. 22 car in what will be Servia’s second year with the Indianapolis-based team.
Panther DRR welcomes the consistency and is poised to build on the momentum created during 2012. After a switch to Chevrolet engines at the beginning of May, the team quickly showed what it was capable of with a fourth place finish in the Indianapolis 500. Servia followed up that performance by recording Top 5 finishes on the street courses of Detroit and Toronto and the short oval of Milwaukee, proving his versatility. Over the course of the season, Servia charged through the field to pass a record 107 cars.
“I am very pleased to partner with DRR again in 2013,” Servia said. “We had several great on-track performances this past season, including our 4th place finish at the Indianapolis 500, but we’re not satisfied. Our goal is to win that race and contend week in and week out for wins and podiums at all races. Continuity is very important in our sport and now we’ll be able to build upon our successes in a second year together. Off the track, I am extremely excited to continue with DRR as I have found some of the best people I have ever worked within this sport, including our team partners whose support make this all happen.”
The accomplished racer returns to Panther DRR with nearly 25 years of racing experience and a degree in mechanical engineering. Servia’s highest career achievements include fourth place in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series point standings, a runner-up finish in the battle for the 2005 Champ Car World Series title, and the 1999 Indy Lights championship.
The strategic alliance between Panther DRR and Panther Racing will also continue, allowing Servia to work with the no. 4 team and driver JR Hildebrand. The partnership was formed in May and created a competitive advantage that provided more resources to each team’s effort.