Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that Oriol Servià will return to the team for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

The Catalan driver competed for the RLL Racing outfit in the 2009 Indy 500 and in four races last season, including the 500, where he placed eleventh.

“I honestly couldn’t be any happier to announce that I will be entering the 99th Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Servià. “There is a saying in Spanish ‘A la tercera va la vencida‘ (third time lucky) that I feel fits our effort very well.

“The first two efforts were very promising and encouraged all parties to go for it again with the most ambitious aspirations. I have followed closely all the changes that the team has gone through over the winter and I am really excited as I have worked with most of the new hires. I believe the whole team is perhaps the strongest and most talented group in the whole IndyCar paddock. I can’t wait to jump in the car with Graham (Rahal) again. This will be a great month of May.”

Servià will participate in the May 3 Promoter Test at the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with Honda aero package. He has a best finish of fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Overall, Servià has 195 starts in CART, Champ Car and the Verizon IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000. He has one win in Montreal (2005 season) and one pole (Surfers Paradise 2005) a total of 19 podiums, 51 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes.

Team co-owner Bobby Rahal said that Servià’s familiarity with the team and previous experience working with regular driver Graham Rahal makes the 40-year-old a valuable addition for IndyCar’s blue-riband event.

“Oriol is a very talented driver,” said Rahal. “He’s a smart driver and he’s got a lot of experience so we’re looking forward to bringing him back to run the Indy 500 with us for the third time.

“Having teamed with Graham before at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and again last year, their set-ups seem to be quite similar so you can really take advantage of having a multi-car team. When we looked at who the best driver was to join us for the Indy 500, Oriol was our first choice. He’s competitive; he’s smart, has good race craft and brings it home,” Rahal added.

His career-best finish at Indy was a fourth place in a Panther/DRR entry in 2012.

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Michael Terminello

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