ORIOL SERVIA RETURNS TO PANTHER'S NATIONAL GUARD CHEVY FOR MID-OHIO INDYCAR WEEKEND
National Guard Panther Racing Driver Set For Third Start in Team’s No. 4 Chevrolet Dallara
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (July 30, 2013) – Oriol Servia will return to Panther Racing’s No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet for this weekend’s IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Servia is poised to make his third start of the season for the team as Ryan Briscoe continues to recover from a surgical procedure to his right wrist. Servia finished seventh at Iowa Speedway in his last start for the team and originally made his debut in the National Guard car at Texas Motor Speedway. The Spaniard will join the team at the track on Wednesday for a full-day test session in preparation for this weekend’s event.
“I’m very excited to be back in the National Guard car,” Servia said. “Iowa was my last race, and while I love ovals, I’m really looking forward to getting back on a road course. Mid-Ohio is a very technical track and a (road course) specialist track, but I feel like everybody in our paddock is becoming a specialist because there are so many strong guys out there. We have a test day before the race that will be a big help for us fine-tuning the car, and especially for me to knock off a little rust. I’m looking forward to being competitive this weekend and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be.”
Servia has made eight starts at Mid-Ohio during his open-wheel career and has a total of six Top Ten finishes on the 12-turn, 2.25-mile road course. His best finish was a fifth-place result in 2008 while driving for KV Racing Technology and he finished tenth in the No. 22 Panther DRR Chevrolet last season.
“Oriol’s part of our family so it’s very seamless for the National Guard crew to get him back in the No. 4 car,” Panther owner John Barnes said. “We didn’t want to rush (Ryan) Briscoe back from surgery and obviously Oriol is a great IndyCar driver and does a phenomenal job working with our crew. The test day on Wednesday will be a big help and we’re looking forward to a great weekend with our friends from the Ohio National Guard.”
Race Broadcast Info:
The Honda Indy 200 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on August 4th at 3:00 pm (ET), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, XM/Sirius Channel 211. Practice, qualifying and race coverage is also available on the IndyCar Mobile app from Verizon.
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