Oriol Servià will partner JR Hildebrand once again, after Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that the Catalan driver has been retained for the 2013 IndyCar Series season.
The 38-year-old had a mixed bag of results in 2012. After starting the year as a late sign-up in a Lotus-powered Dreyer & Reinbold entry, the team’s switch to Chevrolet power on the eve of the Indianapolis 500 saw it merge with the Panther Racing stable.
That lead to an immediate improvement in Servià’s results, narrowly missing out on a podium finish at ‘The Brickyard’, before he claimed three more top-five finishes over the next five races en route to finishing thirteenth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The Panther / DRR merger will continue for another season, and team co-owner Robbie Buhl was quick to praise his star driver in today’s announcement, describing the decision as “a no-brainer”.
“To be able to continue building on-track momentum and a strong working relationship between Oriol and our technical team was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” he said.
“We believe Oriol gives us the best chance for us to compete for wins.”
“I am extremely excited to continue with DRR as I have found some of the best people I have ever worked within this sport, including our team partners whose support make this all happen,” Servià added.