Both Dreyer and Reinbold Racing and Panther Racing confirmed today a 'strategic alliance' between the two teams starting at Indy running through the remainder of 2012.
“We’ve wanted to operate as a two-car team for some time now, but the right opportunity had never arisen to allow us to accomplish that,” Panther Managing Partner and CEO John Barnes said. “But as soon as we had the opportunity to work with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Oriol Servia – a guy I consider one of the best all-around drivers in IndyCar – this was a no-brainer for us. Dennis (Reinbold) and I have been friends for a long time, and they’ve got a great group of guys on their team that we’re very excited to be working with. I know we’re all looking forward to working under the same roof and expanding upon what we’ve both built all these years in the IndyCar Series.”
Using Panther Racing's headquarters in Indianapolis, Servia will run Chevrolet power after switching from Lotus following Brazil.
“All of us are unbelievably excited about this. We had a technical partnership with Panther last year and this effectively is taking that to the next level,” said DRR Co-owner Robbie Buhl. “We all feel very confident knowing that all the personalities involved can work so well together and take both our teams to the next level. From Oriol’s standpoint I know he’s excited about working with both Hildebrand and the entire technical team that Panther has in place. The exchange of knowledge between two drivers of their caliber is only going to drive those guys and that’s the fun part in challenging all of us to get better.”
Opening Day at Indianapolis is Saturday, May 12th.