Oriol Servia gets at least four races in RLL’s second IndyCar

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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.

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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