Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Oriol Servia has been named as the second pace car driver for the series starting with this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.
The 43 year old Spaniard who has competed in 202 Verizon IndyCar Series starts will share driving duties with Sarah Fisher who has been pace car driver with the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2016. IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye commented on the news saying:
Sarah has done a great job for us but she was unavailable for all of the races. “Oriol is a pro and was a pleasure to work with last year when we did our new car testing. He was a natural choice for this position. We’re thrilled to have him.
Servia commented on the news saying:
When they first came to me with this, I wasn’t sure how to respond. “I mean, I feel like I still have it, and I’m still racing at Indy, and I don’t feel like I’m that old. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity.
Servia who has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month concluded by saying:
It’s an honor to be considered alongside Johnny Rutherford and Sarah Fisher. “It’s an incredible opportunity to give back to Indy car racing and connect with fans.