In a mini-reunion of sorts, Oriol Servia returns to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the first time since the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
The Catalan will race at least four IndyCar races in RLL’s much-discussed second Honda, with the hopes of adding more.
“We have had the pleasure of working with Oriol before and are looking forward to his return,” Bobby Rahal, team co-owner, said in a release. “I have always respected his ability to develop the race car and be a productive member of the team so when it came time to consider the possibility of a second entry he was right at the top of the list. We are happy to have him back and look forward to having him help the team progress toward the front.”
Servia’s stop-start 2009 also included a stint with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for a few races as Graham Rahal’s teammate. Lanigan is now a co-owner of RLL, and Servia will be reunited with Rahal as well.
“On the team side, in 2009 we did the 500 together as a one-off race,” Servia said. “We were running very strong until we had a fuel pump fail on us but that one race left us with a sensation that we could do great things together. That same year I did a short stint at Newman/Haas where my teammate was Graham (Rahal) and that also started a great chemistry between us that translated to results on track where we finished third and fourth in the last race we ran.
“There are enough synergies within the team that make me feel positive that even if we may be starting a little late, we will hit the road running.”
Servia will test with the team at IndyCar’s official preseason test in two weeks, at Barber Motorsports Park March 17-18. His four consecutive races include Long Beach on April 13, Barber on April 27, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 and the Indianapolis 500 May 25.
From a car count standpoint, that officially brings the Indianapolis 500 number up to 26 confirmed car-engine combinations.