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Oriol Servia Will Return to Panther DRR for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Season

December 4th, 2012 at 10:42 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Tuesday Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that Oriol Servia will return to the Indianapolis based team for a second season in 2013. It will be the Spaniard's fifth season in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

 'Oriol Servia' photo (c) 2011, Palomidez - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Last May the team created an alliance with Panther Racing's No. 4 car driven by JR Hildebrand. The partnership was created to allow both teams to have a competitive advantage and share resources between the teams. The move paid off for Servia and Panther DRR as their performance picked up.

"I am very pleased to partner with DRR again in 2013," said Servia. "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."

Servia finished 13th in the points and had an average finish of 13.9 in the 2012 season with Panther DRR. That came after he had a very successful season in 2011 with Newman-Haas Racing when he finished fourth in the standings. Panther DRR is very pleased to have the veteran and talented driver with them again.
"As an organization, we have worked very hard to be in the position to hire a talented driver whom is an appropriate fit to the personality of our team both in and out of the car," said team co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "We couldn't be happier to have the continuity of a second year with Oriol in the No. 22 car."
 
The team and Servia followed their fourth place Indy 500 finish up with top five finishes at Detroit's and Toronto's street courses and the oval at Milwaukee in the 2012 season. Servia was the 2005 Champ Car Series runner-up and the 1999 Indy Lights Champion. The team and Servia will be at Sebring International Raceway for testing on December 12th and 13th for their next on track action.
Tags: IndyCar, JR Hildebrand, Motorsports, Oriol Servia, Sebring International Raceway

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