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Oriol Servia gets at least four races in RLL’s second IndyCar

Mar 5, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT

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In a mini-reunion of sorts, Oriol Servia returns to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the first time since the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

The Catalan will race at least four IndyCar races in RLL’s much-discussed second Honda, with the hopes of adding more.

“We have had the plea­sure of working with Oriol before and are looking forward to his return,” Bobby Rahal, team co-owner, said in a release.  “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’s stop-start 2009 also included a stint with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for a few races as Graham Rahal’s teammate. Lanigan is now a co-owner of RLL, and Servia will be reunited with Rahal as well.

“On the team side, in 2009 we did the 500 together as a one-off race,” Servia said. “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.

“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 will test with the team at IndyCar’s official preseason test in two weeks, at Barber Motorsports Park March 17-18. His four consecutive races include Long Beach on April 13, Barber on April 27, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 and the Indianapolis 500 May 25.

From a car count standpoint, that officially brings the Indianapolis 500 number up to 26 confirmed car-engine combinations.

  1. testover6370 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I sure hope he can get more. He’s been one of my favorite drivers to watch since Long Beach 2011 when he avoided the crash caused by Helio, spun a partial donut to get pointed in the right direction again, and carried on like it was no big deal. The guy has STYLE when he drives.

  2. ponger8 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds good!

  3. crunge4461 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    This is good news, but Oriol is a guy that deserves a full-time drive. Ever since his days in Champ Car, Servia is always solid, but is always fighting and scratching for a full-season ride. It is really quite a shame that Oriol is never able to have some long term stability. I hope that he gets a fully season with RLL. I feel that Servia is an excellent example of what is wrong with motorsports today, talented drivers do not always get the opportunity they deserve and money and sponsorship is paramount. Servia deserves to have a couple of years with stability so he can show what he can really do.

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