Servia to run at least 4 races in 2nd Rahal car
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will field a second IndyCar entry for Spanish driver Oriol Servia in at least four races, more this season if sponsorship can be secured.
Servia is scheduled to compete through April and May at Long Beach, Birmingham, the inaugural road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal’s No. 1 driver was Graham Rahal. Team owner Bobby Rahal has insisted he would field only two cars if it would strengthen the organization, and Graham Rahal said he told his dad he didn’t want to “rob Peter to pay Paul” just to have a teammate.
But in Servia, the organization gets a veteran who was briefly teammates with Graham Rahal at Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing in 2009. Servia also ran the Indy 500 that season for Bobby Rahal.
“We ... and are looking forward to his return,” Bobby Rahal said. “I have always respected his ability to develop the race car and be a productive member of the team, so when it came time to consider the possibility of a second entry, he was right at the top of the list.”
Servia has made 191 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since 2000. He won at Montreal in 2005, has 19 career podium finishes and was fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
His Panther DRR team shut down after last year’s Indy 500, and he ran seven of the final 14 races for Panther Racing.
Servia will participate in the IndyCar Series open test in two weeks.
“There are enough synergies within the team that make me feel positive, that even if we may be starting a little late, we will hit the road running,” Servia said.