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Servia To Rahal Confirmed For Indy; More On The Way?

The full story on Oriol Servia’s complete slate for 2017 is still in question. However, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has confirmed the Pais, Spain veteran will drive a second car for the team in 2017, for at least the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. RLLR did add there are more races possibly for the schedule.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with Bobby, Mike and my second father Mr. Letterman for the 2017 Indy 500,” said Oriol Servia. “We’ve done it before and had some success but both the team and myself are only doing this because we feel we can contend for the win together. Since Day 1 in 2009, working with Graham as a teammate has been great and now at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, it just feels like a family. The team has been the best Honda entry the past two years and the objective would be to continue to make the team even better in order to fight the multi car teams at Indy and also hopefully for the entire season. We feel that together we can do that. I can’t wait to get started. We plan to go for the win at the Indy 500 and at as many other races as we can.”

The 2017 season will represent Servia’s fourth Indy 500 effort with RLLR, having driven for the Ohio-based operation in 2009, 2014, and 2015. Servia qualified for his eighth appearance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing this past May, starting tenth and finishing 26th for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Servia has placed in the top ten at Indy twice in his career, with a best finish of fourth in 2012 after starting 27th.

“Oriol is a talented driver who brings value beyond what takes place on the race track,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “His race craft is that of a veteran obviously but more important than that is his ability to develop the race car and as a one car team fighting the multi-car teams the last few years, that is a big benefit. We have a great chemistry at our team and Oriol fits nicely into our program.”

With Servia confirmed, there are 21 car and driver combinations set for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, which currently features four former champions.

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By Matt Embury

An auto racing writer for over five years, Matt Embury's interest in auto racing was influenced from his father's side of the family. His first recollection of live racing attendance was in the early 1990s watching winged sprint car action at Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan with his uncle and dad.

A major follower of both the Verizon IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Matt has attended six previous Indianapolis 500s and rates Tony Kanaan's long awaited victory in the 2013 edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as his favorite memory.

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