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IndyCar: Luca Filippi gets two-weekend deal with RLL at Houston, Toronto

Jun 12, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

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One of the impact part-timers in 2013 will be back in part for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, as Luca Filippi has been confirmed in Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s second car at the Houston and Toronto doubleheader weekends.

That will make four starts for Filippi this year to go along with the four he made in 2013 with Bryan Herta Autosport, at Mid-Ohio, Baltimore and the two Houston races. At Houston Race 1 last year, he started eighth and finished 10th.

Filippi was supposed to drive with RLL in 2012 but could not put a deal together at that stage. He was also a front-runner for BHA’s seat this year, before that went to Jack Hawksworth.

“I’m extremely excited to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing because there is a lot of respect between myself and Bobby,” said Filippi, 28, about team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “We have been trying to find a way to work together for a long time and to finally have it happen is a great feeling. I really love the IndyCar Series. Since I first drove the car and expe­ri­enced the atmos­phere of the series, I have loved every­thing about it and can’t wait to get back in a car.”

Added team co-owner Rahal, “We tried to get Luca into the team a few years back and even went so far as to build a seat but we were unable to find the funding. In the mean­time he went to Bryan Herta’s team and showed what he can do in the few races he ran for them. He has been successful in GP2 in Europe, amongst other series, for a number of years so I don’t think there is any ques­tion that he has the pace to run towards the front. On top of that, he is a real gentleman and we are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he can help the team progress.”

The RLL second car was driven by Oriol Servia for four races, at Long Beach, Barber and the two Indianapolis races.

Filippi’s RLL entry will feature asso­ciate spon­sor­ship for the program will come from IMPCO and Fight SMA.

  1. indycarseries500 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Come on, put him in for Pocono too.

  2. manik56 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    So is Servia out? Or is this a third car?

    • Tony DiZinno - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Servia was only confirmed for the four races mentioned in the story, no other ones yet. This will be the second car.

    • crunge4461 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      The deal was all about dollars, I am sure that if Servia had put together a program to fund it he’d be in the car, Filippi is fast, though I feel sorry for Servia more generally, that guy was always fast and good, but has never had a ride with permanence, ever, how can one succeed like that, he is a like an adjunct racer, must drive him nuts

      • bigdcart - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Servia had a short stint with NHR with ChampCar, and responded with a win in Montreal. But Filippi must be bringing some cash and there is little doubt that he’s real fast. Unfortunately, RLL’s weakest link is Graham right now.

  3. testover6370 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Filippi deserves this seat and I’m glad RLL can put a second car on the grid again, but Servia needs a ride too.

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