Oriol Servia gets part-time Rahal IndyCar seat for 2014

Oriol Servia has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan to drive a limited schedule in the team's second car for the 2014 IndyCar season

Oriol Servia gets part-time Rahal IndyCar seat for 2014

The Spaniard has been without a full-time drive since Dreyer & Reinbold Racing withdrew from the 2013 season after the Indianapolis 500, although he shared the Panther Racing seat with Ryan Briscoe during the second half of the year.

His RLL deal will put him on the grid for Long Beach, Barber, and the two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with additional races to be added if sponsorship can be secured. Graham Rahal will contest the full season in the sister car.

"Continuity is a very important part of success in any racing team," said Servia, who raced with RLL at the 2009 Indy 500.

"By my moving to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, this happens at many different levels.

"On the team side, in 2009 we did the 500 together as a one-off race. 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 team-mate was Graham, 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."

Team principal Bobby Rahal said that the Servia's experience would be an asset to the squad.

"I have always respected his ability to develop the racecar 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," Rahal said.

"We are happy to have him back and look forward to having him help the team progress toward the front."

Servia will participate in the open test at Barber on March 17-18.

2014 IndyCar line-up so far:

Team                    Engine Driver(s)
AJ Foyt Racing          Honda  Takuma Sato
Andretti Autosport      Honda  M Andretti/C Munoz/J Hinchcliffe/R Hunter-Reay
Bryan Herta Autosport   Honda  J Hawksworth
Chip Ganassi Racing     Chevy  S Dixon/T Kanaan/R Briscoe/C Kimball
Dale Coyne Racing       Honda  Justin Wilson/tba
Ed Carpenter Racing     Chevy  Ed Carpenter (ovals)/Mike Conway (road/street)
KV Racing Technology    Chevy  Sebastien Bourdais/Sebastian Saavedra
Panther Racing          Chevy  Tba
Rahal Letterman Racing  Honda  Graham Rahal
Sarah Fisher Hartman    Honda  Josef Newgarden
Schmidt Peterson        Honda  Mikhail Aleshin/Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske             Chevy  JP Montoya/H Castroneves/W Power

Part-time:

Oriol Servia         RLL       Four races
Kurt Busch           Andretti  Indy 500
Jacques Villeneuve   Schmidt   Indy 500
Martin Plowman       Foyt      Both Indy rounds
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