National Guard Panther Racing Looks to Conclude 2013 IndyCar Season on High Note in California

FONTANA, Calif. - (October 15, 2013) – National Guard Panther Racing driver Oriol Servia qualified in the 17th position in the team’s No. 4 Chevrolet for tomorrow night’s IndyCar Series season finale from Auto Club Speedway. Servia will be making his seventh start of the season in the National Guard entry, and is coming off a seventh-place finish in the second race of the Houston Grand Prix, which matched his best finish of the season with Panther.

“Our qualifying run was good and the National Guard Chevy felt as good at it’s felt so far this weekend,” Servia said. “The balance and the gears were great, the speed was just a little slower than we thought it would be. But as we know tomorrow is a 500-mile race and we definitely want to give all our partners at the National Guard and Chevrolet a great last race of the season, and we’ve got the car to do that.”

Servia posted a combined two-lap average of 216.213 mph after he recorded speeds of 216.346 and 216.081 on his respective qualifying laps.
Panther captured back-to-back victories on the track’s two-mile oval with Sam Hornish Jr. in 2002 and 2003. During the victory in 2003 Panther set a closed-course speed record with an average race lap speed of 207.151 mph.

SSG Joseph Brito Named Panther’s California’s Hometown Hero:
Panther Racing has named SSG Joseph Brito as its honorary Hometown Hero for the MAVTV 500 from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Panther began its Hometown Hero program in 2008 to help highlight an extraordinary Soldier from each respective state’s National Guard. Each hero participates in the IndyCar Series driver autograph session during the race weekend and sits next to Panther driver Oriol Servia while signing a specially made hero card. The hero also takes an IndyCar Experience two-seater ride, is honored during an awards presentation in the team’s hospitality unit prior to the race and is also recognized on the pre-race stage in front of the crowd prior to the start of the race.
Additional notes on SSG Brito are posted below:
*SSG Brito entered the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served as an infantryman
*After serving in the Army for 6 years, SSG Brito was honorably discharged
*SSG Brito reentered military service in 2004 when he joined the California Army National Guard
In 2011 SSG Brito volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Race Broadcast Info:
The MAV-TV American Real 500 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on October 19th at 8:00 pm (EST) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, XM/Sirius Channel 211. Practice, qualifying and race coverage is also available on the IndyCar 13 Mobile app from Verizon. -