“I hope this relationship extends for many races and many seasons, but right now I just want to do the best job I can and hopefully we'll have a great result," he added.
So far, Servia's stint at Panther is only confirmed for the next two races, and Barnes indicated that Panther wouldn't be naming a full-time replacement for Hildebrand for the remainder of 2013 but would instead choose between a number of different drivers according to which ones are available and who best suits which upcoming circuit.
“The biggest thing we want to accomplish the rest of this season is having a clear direction on who will be the driver of the #4 car in 2014,” explained Barnes of this thinking on the matter. “We're going to take full advantage of the opening we have here to determine what is in the best interest of the National Guard and Panther Racing's long-term future.
"With limited off-season testing this is a great chance for us to get familiar with several drivers in a true race weekend scenario," he continued. "We think the world of Servia, and we couldn't have been happier with Ryan Briscoe last weekend in Detroit, but there may be a few others who will have a run in our car before the season ends.”
Kanaan gets Sunoco, Turbo sponsorship
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan is reaping the rewards of his success in May with new sponsorship due to take over the livery of the #11 car for the next four races of the season at Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Mid-Ohio.
Finding from series fuel suppliers Sunoco will mean a bright yellow look to the car and to Kanaan's firesuit though the rest of June and July. Sunoco's first turn as a primary sponsor of an IndyCar was back in 1968, and in 1972 Mark Donohue driving the #66 Sunoco Penske Racing McLaren won the Indianapolis 500. This year the company sponsored Townsend Bell's #60 Panther Racing car in the Indy 500.
In addition, the car will feature the lead character from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature film "Turbo," a CGI-animated movie about a snail whose dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500 come true.
"I am very proud and happy that Sunoco will be my primary sponsor for four upcoming races,” said Kanaan. “Along with Sunoco, 'Turbo' will be riding along with me in those events. My son, Leo, will be excited to see that, and I am very proud to be associated with what is sure to be a very special movie.
“Sunoco has a long heritage in Indy car racing beginning in the late 1960s and is a proven winner. I look forward to my association with them and hopefully get them to victory circle starting in Texas.”
Ed Carpenter Racing re-organises after Walker exit
Ed Carpenter has said that he doesn't expect to hire anyone new to replace Derrick Walker as general manager of the Ed Carpenter Racing team, following the 68-year-old decision to take up the role of president of operations and competition for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Carpenter said that the existing management team would be able to divide up Walker's former responsibilities between them.