Oriol Servià has been confirmed as Panther Racing’s sole driver for the remaining four races of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starting off with this weekend’s Grand Prix of Baltimore.
The Catalan takes over from Ryan Briscoe, who will be competing on the same weekend in the American Le Mans Series.
The Australian – who had a return outing with the team after breaking his wrist during the Detroit Grand Prix – has been disappointing in his occasional IndyCar outings, finishing 17th last time out at Sonoma Raceway after contact during the race.
Servià has himself had a disrupted 2013 campaign, losing his drive with Panther / Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after it was forced to suspend operations due to a lack of funding. When Panther Racing sacked JR Hildebrand after the Indianapolis 500, Servià stepped in to fill the breach, sharing the #4 National Guard-sponsored Chevrolet-powered entry seat with Briscoe.
The 39-year-old veteran will be hoping to add to his tally of top-ten finishes around the Baltimore street circuit this weekend, with the 2.04-mile venue making its third appearance on the IndyCar schedule. Servià finished second in the event’s maiden race in 2011, and backed that up with a seventh-placed finish last year.