Deal expected to expand to a lot more races as sponsorship grows
Published on March 5, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Orial Servia is currently signed on for at least 4 races with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Oriol Servià is back in an Indy auto as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced on Wednesday that the crew will enter a second vehicle for veteran Servià in pick races of the 2014 IndyCar Series season with the intent of including more, pending added sponsorships. Recent programs call for Servià to compete in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 27 and each the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 in May possibly.
Servià, a native of Pals, Spain, has manufactured 191 starts in CART, Champ Auto and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000. His Indy auto highlights include one win (Montreal 2005) and 1 pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as properly as a complete of 19 top-3, 51 prime-5 and 100 top-10 finishes. He competed for the staff in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 and was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechanical failure led to his retirement in 26th location.
“We have had the pleasure of doing work with Oriol just before and are looking forward to his return,” said Bobby Rahal, co-proprietor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “I have usually respected his potential to produce the race vehicle and be a productive member of the group, so when it came time to consider the possibility of a 2nd entry, he was right at the best of the checklist. We are satisfied to have him back, and appear forward to getting him support the crew progress toward the front.”
Servià closed out last season in a trip with Panther Racing.
“Continuity is a really critical component of accomplishment in any racing team,” explained Servià. “By my moving to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, this takes place at numerous different amounts. On the staff side, in 2009 we did the 500 with each other as a one-off race. We have been operating extremely sturdy until we had a fuel pump fail on us, but that one race left us with a sensation that we could do great factors collectively. That same year, I did a brief stint at Newman/Haas the place my teammate was Graham [Rahal] and that also began a excellent chemistry in between us that translated to outcomes on track in which we finished third and 4th in the final race we ran.
“There are a good deal of folks in the group that I have worked in the past. Actually John Dick, 1 of the most recent arrivals to the crew, was my race engineer in my rookie 12 months at PPI, and on and on. There are ample synergies within the team that make me truly feel good that even if we could be starting a minor late, we will hit the road operating. I can’;t wait to commence, and want to thank Bobby Rahal, Mike Lanigan and David Letterman for placing this system collectively.”
Servià will participate in the IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park March 17-18 in an RLL entry.
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