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Rahal, Servia team up for Indy assault.


Missing from the opening three rounds of the season, Oriol Servia and Rahal Letterman Racing have announced that they will team up for an assault on the Indianapolis 500.

The revelation, while expected for some time, comes with just two days of practice remaining before this weekend's final qualifying session, but both team and driver are confident that they can both make the cut and survive Bump Day.

"We all know it's not ideal to jump in the car for Thursday and Friday," said Servia, who will drive the #17 RLR entry with backing from cyber terrorism experts DAFCA, "but we have two days to prepare for qualifying and one for the race."

Servia finished ninth overall in the IndyCar Series following unification last year, recording seven top ten results with KV Racing Technology. He finished eleventh at Indianapolis.

"I've been going to every race, and I'm totally committed to this series," Servia said of his attempts to remain active in the IRL, "I feel like I'm on top of my game, and I think I showed that last year.

"Now I'm really happy to get the opportunity to be with such a team. Rahal Letterman has a lot of experience here, and they did really well in the past. I have raced many years against them, and it makes me very proud to be finally part of it. Maybe a last-minute deal like this for Indy will be a formula to success this year."

Rahal Letterman won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Rice and fielded cars for Chase Rookies of the Year Danica Patrick in 2005 and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2008. Unable to find the sponsorship required to field a full-time entry in the 2009 IndyCar Series, it nevertheless remained committed to returning to the Brickyard and had been linked with Servia for several weeks.

"We have worked very hard all year in order to put this programme together, and we feel like we have a package that will allow us to go to Indy and perform well," said co-owner Bobby Rahal.

"The team's experience, combined with a veteran talent like Oriol, should give us everything we need to be competitive throughout the event. We are extremely pleased to welcome DAFCA to the RLR family and look forward to giving them a great experience in their first visit to Indy."


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Oriol Servia - KV Racing Technology   [pic credit: IRL/Jones]
Graham Rahal celebrates victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway   (image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens)
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Oriol Servia in his pit stand following practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on course during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine on pit lane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia is strapped into his Andretti Autosport Honda prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Graham Rahal drive their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, and Graham Rahal at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Graham Rahal, and James Hinchcliffe bring their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson speaks with Oriol Servia in pit lane (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal leads a group through the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and his father, Bobby, celebrate in Victory Circle following their win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sprays the champagne in Victory Lane following his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)

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Don - Unregistered

May 15, 2009 2:52 AM

Great to see Oriol back in the saddle. He did a fantastic job as practice resumed today finishing 7th out of the 30 cars that went out. Hopefully he can turn this into a full time ride for the rest of the season. Quite surprising to see Doornbos struggling so much. 26th at practice today. It's not as easy as it looks, especially flying at 225mph.



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