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Manning on the prowl.

Indianapolis 500 veteran Darren Manning was in Gasoline Alley during qualifying for this year's race, looking for any opportunities to land a ride after seeing his role at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing last just two outings.

Despite being stood down after Long Beach, the Briton is keen to keep his relationship with Robbie Buhl's team alive as it offers possibly the best chance to land a competitive seat for the 500, even though the biggest opening at the moment would come at the expense of an injured Mike Conway.

The rookie smacked the wall during qualifying and was taken to the local hospital with bruising to his lungs. Manning was immediately put on stand-by, although it now appears that he may not be needed to get the car in to the race.

"I'm kind of always looking for a ride," the former Honda F1 tester admitted, "but whether one comes available that suits my situation is another matter. It's not like it's going to be my first speedway or anything, so what I'm looking for is different than a rookie, for example. There's no point in me going out in something just bumping into the field and pounding around in the back.

"The mid- to mid-front pack cars are all full, so I'm just trying to work on my relationship with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing seeing as I've done a couple of races with them this year. There may be an opportunity to do some more, although it was a bit of an unfortunate situation this morning with Mike. I got the call to kind of be on stand-by, and I'm fortunate that they've got all my seats and everything and I'm available for it, but I don't think that's going to be needed.

"I think Mike's going to be absolutely fine, and I think we'll see him back out next week, so I'll just concentrate on my deal. I've got Grand-Am racing that I'm doing and, hopefully, a few more races with these guys, so we can work on something for next year as well."

Manning wasn't alone in patrolling the paddock, with another 500 veteran, Jaques Lazier, also working Gasoline Alley looking for a ride.

"There's obviously a couple of available seats so, hopefully, we can get something put together," the American admitted, "We still have some time. I know that I'm confident enough that if we do get it put together, I'll have plenty of time to get in a car on Thursday and Friday and get it in the show next Saturday."

Also on the look-out and conspicuous at several teams were Bruno Junqueira and Roberto Moreno, while others such as Jimmy Kite and Roger Yasukawa are also expe ted ot make a play for a ride.

Missing from the equation, however, was Oriol Servia who, it would appear, is in line to return to Rahal Letterman names to field for the first tme this season.

Although no forml announcement has been made by the team, it's #17 entry is in qualifying order. In the garage, a black tub with royal blue engine covers is parked, with a couple of crew sort of hanging out. Servia's name is on the car, and the crew were sort of surprised no announcement had yet been made.


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Darren Manning - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing   [pic credit: IRL/McQueeney]
Oriol Servia in his pit stand following practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia accident during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia showing the retained centerline wicker on the Honda car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Thursday May 14 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia waits out the rain (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Oriol Servia join fellow Honda drivers for a photo opportunity at Barber Motorsports Park (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia sits in his car on pit lane during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday March 18. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe, driver of the #27 GoDaddy Andretti Autosport Chevrolet IndyCar finished 7th, and Oriol Servia driver of the #4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet IndyCar finished 12th Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on the street circuit in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Oriol Servia at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servià at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media.)
Oriol Servià at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Oriol Servià at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Oriol Servià at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)

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