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Servia moves to Dreyer & Reinbold

Oriol Servia has been signed up by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for 2012, following the closure of the Newman/Haas Racing team at the end of 2011.
Oriol Servia has landed a new seat for 2012, and will be driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a full-time deal for the forthcoming IZOD IndyCar Series season.

"I couldn't be more excited, for many reasons," said Servia. "DRR is a team that I raced against since 2008 and they've always shown to be very professional at the racetrack ... When I visited the DRR facility in Indianapolis, I couldn't have been more impressed."

Servia had an impressive season last year, which saw him take 11 top-ten finishes on his way to finishing in fourth place in the championship. One of only three drivers to finish every one of the 17 races of the year, Servia also put his Newman/Haas car onto the front row of the starting grid for the centennial Indianapolis 500 and nearly won the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race when it ended in a controversial restart.

But Servia was rocked by the shock announcement last November that the iconic Newman/Haas team was pulling out of US open wheel racing because of the financial climate, a decision that appeared to leave him without a seat in 2012 despite his success.

Now his talent has been recognised by DRR, who see Servia as the key to making it to the next level in IndyCar competition at a critical transition time for the series, and for teams and drivers alike.

"With a new engine, new chassis and a revamped engineering department, we believe it is crucial to have a highly talented veteran driver to be able to develop these new components," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "Oriol has always been a smart driver and has always put himself and his team in a position to win races."

"I think that Oriol can be a real asset to us and with the development with our partnership with Lotus and the DW12," agreed co-owner Robbie Buhl. "His experience throughout his career will be pivotal in how we develop the new car and new motor. He had a fantastic season last year with Newman/Haas and we are excited to have him as a part of our team going forward."

"We are starting with a new engine and chassis, and I have confidence in Lotus and our ability to develop a quality product in 2012," said Servia. "When you have everyone pulling in the same direction like we are now is when we can accomplish our goals."

Servia was also evidently delighted by his new bosses: "Although I knew the owners, I didn't know them very well, to be honest," he said. "Before signing with the team, like everybody else, I did my research and I couldn't find one individual that didn't speak highly of Dennis or Robbie, which gave me a lot of confidence."

Now Servia can put the uncertainty of the last two months behind him and look to the future.

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Oriol Servia, who claimed third place on the grid for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Pole Day on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Alex Tagliani (top), Scott Dixon (middle) and Oriol Servia (bottom) pose with their cars on the famous yard of bricks marking the start/finish line of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
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Dario Franchitti and Oriol Servia lead the field to the green flag at the start of the Indy 225 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo Credit: IndyCar Media]
Oriol Servia during practice 2 at the final visit to Motegi by IndyCar. [Picture credit: Brian Simpson for IndyCar Media]
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