Veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia will drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the team confirmed on Tuesday.
Servia, who drove for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has raced in nine Indy 500 events. Speaking about the news team co-owner Bobby Rahal commented by saying:
Oriol is a talented driver who brings value beyond what takes place on the race track. “His race craft is that of a veteran obviously but more important than that is his ability to develop the race car and as a one car team fighting the multi-car teams the last few years, that is a big benefit. We have a great chemistry at our team and Oriol fits nicely into our program.
Servia began his Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000 and has made 295 Champ Car, CART and Verizon IndyCar Series starts. The Spaniard has secured 101 top ten finishes and speaking about the news he stated:
I couldn’t be more excited to be back with Bobby, Mike and my second father Mr. Letterman for the 2017 Indy 500. “We’ve done it before and had some success but both the team and myself are only doing this because we feel we can contend for the win together. Since Day 1 in 2009, working with Graham as a teammate has been great and now at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, it just feels like a family. The team has been the best Honda entry the past two years and the objective would be to continue to make the team even better in order to fight the multi car teams at Indy and also hopefully for the entire season. We feel that together we can do that. I can’t wait to get started. We plan to go for the win at the Indy 500 and at as many other races as we can.