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2012 Brazil (Sao Paulo): Lotus DRR IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2012 - 08:44 PM
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2012 Brazil (Sao Paulo): Lotus DRR IndyCar Race Recap


Oriol Servia
• Servia started the race 23rd and finished a season best of 11th. Yesterday in qualifying he clocked the 24th fastest time, but there was an issue with the motor and the team had to change it after the session. As a result, Servia was penalized 10 grid positions for the unapproved engine change, but other teams had to make engine changes and as a result, Oriol started 23rd.

 

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• After this morning's warm-up session, the team had an issue with the alternator and had to change it. It was a push to get Oriol out for the start, but the team got the No.22 WIX Filters car on the grid just as the drivers were given the command to start their engines.
• Servia came in on Lap 19 for the first time to fill full with fuel and switch from the Firestone Firehawk primary (black-sidewall) tires to the alternate (red-sidewall) tires. Unfortunately, he was penalized for speeding in pit lane and had to come back in on Lap 21 to complete a drive thru penalty, which cost him some positions.
• The yellow came out on Lap 23 and Servia came back in to top off on fuel. The restart was on Lap 26 due to a multi-car pileup. Co-Owner Robbie Buhl was spotting for Oriol and helped him to miss the chaos. As a result, he filtered up to P8.
• Oriol came in on Lap 48 for a full fill of fuel and to switch from Firestone Firehawk alternate (red-sidewall) tires to a fresh set of "red-sidewall" tires. The caution came out again on Lap 62 and Servia would come into the pits for the final time for a full fill of fuel and to switch from the "red" tires to another set of "red" tires, as he found he got better grip with the Firestone Firehawk alternate (red-sidewall) tires. On Lap 66 the green flag flew, but there was another multi-car pileup, but Servia, who was P18 on the restart, made it through the mess and filtered up to P11.
• This weekend marked Servia's second start for the São Paulo Indy 300. Last year he started 16th and finished 5th.
• WIX Filters was the primary on the No. 22 machine this weekend. Since 1939, Wix has been an innovator in filtration products. Wix designs, manufactures, and distributes filtration products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial, and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission, and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks and off-road equipment.
• Last year Oriol Finished fourth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings....Recorded 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of second at New Hampshire and Baltimore....Among three drivers to be running at the finish in all 17 races..... Led all drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011)....Oriol was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in first five races of the season.
• This weekend marked the team's third time to compete at the São Paulo Indy 300. In 2010, Mike Conway qualified his car 19th and finished 8th, Wilson started on the second row in 3rd position and finished 11th, and Beatriz qualified 22nd and brought the car home in 13th place. Last year Wilson started 8th and finished 7th and Beatriz started 25th and finished 24th in the race.
• Lotus and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing have reached an amicable resolution to end their agreement. The two entities had entered into a contract back in November for Lotus to be the team's engine supplier in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Lotus remains completely committed to IndyCar and has worked diligently to rise to the challenge. Given the circumstances of the regulatory requirement to supply multiple teams, the late timing of Lotus' entry and the unanticipated difficulties caused by the change of ownership, Lotus has made the decision to reduce the number of cars it runs. As a result, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will run the Lotus engine for the final time in Brazil.

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Lotus DRR, on the race in Brazil: "Life, especially in racing, is very interesting. We almost didn't make the start of the race. The guys did an amazing job. They were working until the last second putting the engine together and we didn't think that we were going to make it. Somehow we picked up the best result of the year and we'll take it. The engine got up and running, but it was definitely challenging as we lacked top speed on the straights, which made it difficult. I knew that I just had to survive and stay out of trouble. I was hoping to not get hit and we were lucky that didn't happen. We had a great race and thank you to WIX Filters and the entire team. We are now turning the new chapter. This rough beginning of the season has helped us to mature together. We've grown a lot, very fast and it will be a great way to proceed for the rest of the season."

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