Oriol Servia announces limited IndyCar programme

Oriol Servia has announced his limited schedule in the 2014 IndyCar Series with a drive at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Currently slated to race at Long Beach, Barber Motorsport Park, and the pair of races at Indianapolis – the road course Grand Prix and the Indy 500 – Servia has hopes of adding more rounds as the opportunities present themselves.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Oriol before and are looking forward to his return,” team co-owner 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. We are happy to have him back and look forward to having him help the team progress toward the front.”

Servia has become one of the more experienced hands in IndyCar over recent years, having made 191 starts since the turn of the millennium. Those starts have taken in one win at Montreal and a pole position down under at Surfer’s Paradise – both of those occurred in 2005. Complimenting the impressive starting figure are 19 podiums, 51 top fives and 100 top tens meaning RLL have more than a 50% chance of the Spaniard finishing in the points.

“Continuity is a very important part of success in any racing team,” said Servia, who competed in 12 of the 19 races in 2013 with Panther-DRR and Panther Racing. “By my moving to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, this happens at many different levels. On the team side, in 2009 we did the 500 together as a one-off race. We were running very strong until we had a fuel pump fail on us but that one race left us with a sensation that we could do great things together. That same year I did a short stint at Newman Haas, where my teammate was Graham Rahal, and that also started a great chemistry between us that translated to results on track where we finished third and fourth in the last race we ran.”