Newman/Haas Racing has announced that Oriol Servia will drive the team's solo entry in this weekend's opening round of the IndyCar Series in St Petersburg.
Servia, a veteran of the American open-wheel racing scene with over a decade's experience in Champ Car and IndyCar, did not race in 2010 but set the fifth fastest time in last week's test at Barber Motorsports Park.
Newman/Haas also ran 2010 Indy Lights runner-up James Hinchcliffe at the test, but will only be running one car in St Petersburg.
"I honestly believe the test couldn't have gone better," Servia said. "I found the whole Newman/Haas team exactly how I left it: willing to do whatever it takes to let the driver do what he does best and get to the front.
"I expect us to be competitive from the get go in St Pete. No excuses of being rusty after a year off or anything. I feel ready and the team has a great track record in St Pete and all street races in general. I expect us to shine."
Servia raced for Newman/Haas in Champ Car, taking a single win in Montreal in 2005. He returned to the team in IndyCar in the latter part of 2009, finishing fourth at Motegi.
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