On the eve of the opening race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in partnership with endurance racing team Scuderia Corsa to bring Spanish Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Oriol Servia into the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Scuderia Corsa team owner Giacoma Mattiola commented on the announcement saying:
It is an honor to compete at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. To be a part of this great racing heritage and tradition is something I always envisioned for Scuderia Corsa and running across the yard of the bricks this year is a thrill. I am excited to be partnering with Bobby Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, such an outstanding and established team, as well as having veteran IndyCar series driver, Oriol Servia, onboard.
Servia was involved in the development of the new universal aero kit for Honda. The news means that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will run three cars in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27.
Speaking about the announcement team co owner Bobby Rahal commented by saying:
I am very pleased we were able to come to an agreement with Giacomo Mattioli for Scuderia Corsa’s first effort in open wheel racing in the United States. Scuderia Corsa has a very successful track record in sports car racing and Giacomo’s success in the retail automotive marketplace is well known. And it goes without saying that we are very pleased to have Oriol back with us for our fifth Indy 500 together. He brings a lot of talent to the program and I have no doubt that together with Graham and Takuma we are going to have three very strong entries for the Indy 500.
Servia joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s regular line up of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato.