Panther DRR announced Thursday during the live broadcast of Mecum Auto Auctions: Muscle Cars and More on Discovery's Velocity Network that the Mecum Auction Company has become a sponsor partner of the team and the No. 22 Panther DRR machine for the 2013 and 2014 IZOD IndyCar Series. Oriol Servia, back for a second season with Panther DRR, will drive the No. 22 Mecum Auctions car at the Indianapolis 500, as well as several other IndyCar events in 2013 and '14.
"Last season's inaugural sponsor partnership with Panther DRR was very exciting for Mecum Auctions with our fantastic finish at the Indianapolis 500," noted Dana Mecum, founder and president of Mecum Auctions. "The entire Mecum family has been involved in racing for many years, it makes us very happy to announce our commitment to two more years of sponsorship with a passionate team with such deep racing roots like Panther DRR."
"We're proud of our continued partnership with the Mecum Auctions. To align our team and valued team sponsor partners with such a well-respected, successful and growing brand is truly a privilege. We look forward to working with Dana and his entire team both on and off the track over the next several years," commented Panther DRR owner Dennis Reinbold.
This partnership is an extension of the relationship that began in 2012, where Servia drove the No. 22 Mecum Auctions machine to a fourth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500. "Mecum Auctions and Panther DRR share a passion for the automotive industry, so this couldn't be a better fit, said team co-owner Robbie Buhl. "We're excited to build upon the success we had last year at the 500 and perform at the very highest level on behalf of Dana, his employees, valued customers and the entire Mecum family."