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Servia to see out season with Panther

"We were really fast all weekend and in qualifying I made a mistake that is still hurting a lot,” said Filippi about his début weekend in IndyCar. "At the same time, we had a good performance. I can try to put that mistake behind me. That's why the team is giving me another chance."

Mid-Ohio is relatively similar to the types of permanent tracks Filippi is used to racing on in Europe, but this weekend will see him face an altogether beast as he attempts to master a full-on temporary street circuit, the 2.04-mile 12-turn track in downtown Baltimore.

“The tough thing is Baltimore is a street circuit," he agreed. "I watched [last year's inaugural] race again on YouTube and I'm looking at data and want to get there as ready as I can to perform. It's pretty bumpy but in Europe I had some street course experience so I hope it will help.

“I have a good feeling with the car, which is important," he added. "I really feel confident. I worked well with the engineers."

Filippi's first track session will be at 10.10am local time (3.10pm BST) on Friday morning for the first of three 45-minute practice sessions, with the others following at 2.30pm (7.30pm BST) on Friday afternoon and 9.05am (2.05pm BST) on Saturday morning.

Qualifying at noon (5pm BST) on Saturday will follow the usual IndyCar three-round elimination format with the top 12 fastest drivers progressing to round 2 and then the top half of the field making it through to the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout. A half-hour Sunday morning warm-up at 10.15am (3.15pm BST) precedes the race itself which runs from 2.30pm (7.30pm BST).



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Luca Filippi at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 - Friday, August 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi taking part in the open test session with Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday, July 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servià with fans at Long Beach. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Bryan Herta Autosport 2015 Indy 500 entry sponsored by Green1. (Picture Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The field scatters as the drivers avoid the cars of Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on pit lane prior to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay navigates the Turn 9 Esses during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe enters Turn 3 during practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay enters Turn 3 during practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe exits Turn 5 during the final practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on the pit wall at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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