Italian GP2 Series veteran Luca Filippi will return to the IndyCar Series after striking a two-round deal to drive the second Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry previously piloted by Oriol Servià.

The 28-year-old will drive for the team at the Houston and Toronto double-header events; he had previously been on the verge of landing a gig with the same team in 2012, only to lose out on the drive when his financial backing fell through at the eleventh hour.

Despite the obstacle, he made his series debut last year, landing a four-race deal with the Bryan Herta Autosport team (pictured above), claiming a best finish of tenth at Houston.

“We have been trying to find a way to work together for a long time and to finally have it happen is a great feeling,” Filippi said of his latest deal.

“I don’t think there is any question that he has the pace to run towards the front. On top of that, he is a real gentleman and we are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he can help the team progress,” team co-owner Bobby Rahal added.

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