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Servia to see out season with Panther

"We were really fast all weekend and in qualifying I made a mistake that is still hurting a lot,” said Filippi about his début weekend in IndyCar. "At the same time, we had a good performance. I can try to put that mistake behind me. That's why the team is giving me another chance."

Mid-Ohio is relatively similar to the types of permanent tracks Filippi is used to racing on in Europe, but this weekend will see him face an altogether beast as he attempts to master a full-on temporary street circuit, the 2.04-mile 12-turn track in downtown Baltimore.

“The tough thing is Baltimore is a street circuit," he agreed. "I watched [last year's inaugural] race again on YouTube and I'm looking at data and want to get there as ready as I can to perform. It's pretty bumpy but in Europe I had some street course experience so I hope it will help.

“I have a good feeling with the car, which is important," he added. "I really feel confident. I worked well with the engineers."

Filippi's first track session will be at 10.10am local time (3.10pm BST) on Friday morning for the first of three 45-minute practice sessions, with the others following at 2.30pm (7.30pm BST) on Friday afternoon and 9.05am (2.05pm BST) on Saturday morning.

Qualifying at noon (5pm BST) on Saturday will follow the usual IndyCar three-round elimination format with the top 12 fastest drivers progressing to round 2 and then the top half of the field making it through to the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout. A half-hour Sunday morning warm-up at 10.15am (3.15pm BST) precedes the race itself which runs from 2.30pm (7.30pm BST).



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Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi taking part in the open test session with Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday, July 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote 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 with fans at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits in his pit stand prior to practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay rolls down pit lane for practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi streaks toward Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi with a quick off heading into Turn 12 during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the twin checkers to win the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on track during practice for the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway

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