Servia back for RLL at Indy 500 as field continues to grow

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Oriol Servia will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for a third time at this year’s Indianapolis 500, in the team’s second car alongside Graham Rahal.

Servia also raced with the team last year and in 2009. It will be his seventh Indianapolis 500 race overall, where his best start is third (2011) and best finish is fourth (2012).

“I honestly couldn’t be any happier to announce that I will be entering the 99th Indi­anapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Servia said in a release.

“There is a saying in Spanish ‘A la tercera va la vencida’ (Third time lucky) that I feel fits our effort very well. This will be our third attempt together to cross the most famous brick­yard first after 500 miles. The first two efforts were very promising and encour­aged all parties to go for it again with the most ambi­tious aspi­ra­tions.”

Bobby Rahal, team co-owner, noted the Graham/Servia reunion for the third time (Newman/Haas/Lanigan in 2009, and RLL last year).

“Having teamed with Graham before at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and again last year, their setups seem to be quite similar so you can really take advan­tage of having a multi-car team,” Bobby Rahal said. “When we looked at who the best driver was to join us for the Indy 500, Oriol was our first choice. He’s compet­i­tive; he’s smart, has good race craft and brings it home.”

No car number or commercial partners were revealed for Servia; he was No. 16 last year.

Servia’s lineup brings the field to 28 confirmed car/driver combinations for this year’s race, and 29 confirmed cars (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda has driver TBD).

At least one more car/driver announcement will be made this weekend in Long Beach.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.