Schmidt Peterson Motorsports confirmed on Saturday morning that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Oriol Servia will drive the third SPM car at the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil joining former team mate James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin for the month of May.
Speaking about the announcement, Servia commented by saying:
I am very pleased to have this opportunity at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,” This year’s Indianapolis 500, the 100th running, will be the most special in our era, maybe of all time, and I wanted to make sure I was in a team that can give me a program to contend for the win. I have no doubt that together with SPM and Honda, we will at least do that. The whole team, including James, my teammate in 2011, and Mikhail, are ultimate professionals and I can’t wait to start doing laps at the most special track in the world in preparation for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:
We’ve competed against Oriol for several years now and have always looked for an opportunity to get him in one of our SPM entries. He is a true professional and is highly respected within the motorsports community. Interestingly enough, we shared the front row with him in 2011 and know that he can get the job done for all of our team partners.
Ric Peterson co-owner commented by saying:
We would like to welcome Will Marotti and his group as co-entrants on the No. 77 car for the Indy 500. He is extremely enthusiastic about the sport and opportunities that it will create for his business interests. We at SPM are fully engaged in creating B2B and B2C opportunities for our partners, and this has already proven to be a perfect fit.
As Peterson said the deal has come together with the help of Will Marotti and speaking about the announcement Marotti commented by saying:
We are thankful and excited beyond measure to be able to participate in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with a team of the quality and caliber of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, this is the fulfillment of a 47-year-old personal dream, and we hope just the first of many years that Marotti Racing will be in the paddock and part of the IndyCar community.
Servia subbed for Team Penske’s Will Power at the Firestone Grand Prix at St Petersburg in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet in March.