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Panther DRR confirms scaled back operation

May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Oriol Servia AP

Panther DRR has confirmed a scaled back operation in IndyCar after this year’s Indianapolis 500, after reports surfaced it was set to close altogether.

In a team release, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing said it will still retain a “core group of employees” at its Carmel, Ind. shop, explore other series opportunities, and will enter the 2014 Indianapolis 500 as they have partners already committed for that race.

“We have a long history at the Indianapolis 500 and that is our main focus right now,” said team co-owner Dennis Reinbold.

Co-owner Robbie Buhl added, “We have to thank our great network of partners that have supported us and we want to continue to perform at our highest level for them. We’ll be working hard to bring in additional sponsors as we rebuild after Indy this year and look to next season.”

The move will not impact Panther Racing, which forged a technical alliance with DRR ahead of last year’s Indianapolis 500.

Driver Oriol Servia – who seems to always hit dead ends throught no fault of his own – has now driven for seven teams (PPI, Sigma, PacWest, Patrick, Forsythe, Newman/Haas, DRR) that have eventually scaled back or closed their operations since his open-wheel career began in 2000.

Only Dale Coyne Racing (2004-05), KV Racing Technology (2006-08), and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (2009) are still active operations that Servia has driven for.

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