Oriol Servià

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Oriol Servià
Oriol Servia Indy 2011.jpg
Servià at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2011.
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1974-07-13) July 13, 1974 (age 40)
Pals, Girona
2014 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 2008
Current team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Car no. 16
Former teams KV Racing Technology(2008-2009)
Newman/Haas Racing (2011)
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2012-2013)
Starts 59
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best champ.
finish
4th in 2011
Oriol Servià
CART/Champ Car World Series
Years active 2000–2007
Teams PPI Motorsports (2000)
Sigma Autosport (2001-2001)
PWR Championship Racing (2002)
Patrick Racing (2002-2003)
Dale Coyne Racing (2004)
Newman/Haas Racing (2005)
PKV Racing (2006)
Forsythe Championship Racing (2007)
Starts 125
Wins 1
Poles 1
Best champ.
finish
2nd in 2005
Previous series
1998–1999 Indy Lights
Championship titles
1999 Indy Lights Champion

Oriol Servià i Imbers (born 13 July 1974 in Pals, Girona, Spain) is a race car driver in the IndyCar Series, originally from Catalonia, Spain. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Like many drivers, Servià started his career in at go-karts at a local kart track where he stayed until he was 19, before racing in several Formula 3 championships. In 1998, he moved to the Dayton Indy Lights series in America. In 1999, Servià won the Indy Lights championship over closest rival Casey Mears. He had no wins that year but five runner-up finishes.

In 2000, Servià joined the PPI Motorsports team in the Champ Car series, as teammate to Cristiano da Matta. Servià moved on to race for the Sigma Autosport (for 2001), Patrick Racing (from the middle of 2002 to the end of 2003, finishing 6th in the championship that year), and Dale Coyne Racing (in 2004, scoring some of the underfunded team's best ever results) teams. Servià also practiced for the 2002 Indianapolis 500 for Walker Racing and Conquest Racing although he failed to get a car into the field.

2005–2006[edit]

After starting the 2005 season for Coyne, Servià moved to the Newman/Haas Racing team after two races to replace injured Bruno Junqueira. On August 28, 2005, Servià picked up his first-ever Champ Car victory at the Molson Indy Montreal at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal. The win was controversial, as Timo Glock, gambling on fuel, was forced to pull over and allow Servià to take the lead on the final lap after cutting the final chicane while blocking Oriol a second time. Glock had been warned about an earlier unfair attempt. Oriol ultimately finished as championship runner-up behind team-mate Sébastien Bourdais. In 2006 he joined PKV Racing, alongside British rookie Katherine Legge, with team co-owner Jimmy Vasser scheduled to do a partial season (although Vasser only drove in the season opener at Long Beach). Servia ended the season 11th in the standings with one podium finish, a third at Cleveland.

2007[edit]

Without a ride at the beginning of the 2007 season, Servià replaced the injured Paul Tracy at Forsythe Championship Racing. Despite little time in the new Panoz DP01 chassis, Servia earned a runner-up finish in his debut with the team. He then finished 4th in his second replacement start, which earned him a seat for the rest of the season, as he replaced teammate Mario Dominguez at Forsythe. For the season, Servia scored two podiums and four top-five finishes in 11 starts with Forsythe Racing. At San Jose the Spaniard earned a third place finish after leading a race high 42 laps. But on September 12, 2007 it was announced that Forsythe Championship Racing had named Mexican driver David Martinez to drive the #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone for the final two Champ Car World Series races of the season. Luckily for Servia in October he was named the new pilot of the #22 Pay By Touch PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone entry replacing Tristan Gommendy for these two races, because Tristan had some unresolved business situation. The veteran driver finished in the top ten in all but one start this season, and despite missing the season opener, finished sixth in the Series standings.

2008[edit]

Servià at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008.
Oriol Servià in the KV Racing machine at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On January 3, 2008 PKV Racing announced that popular Spanish driver Servià, who had finished sixth in the 2007 Champ Car World Series, would return to the series for 2008 with PKV Racing.[1] However, following Champ Car's unification with the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series, the team fields cars for Servià and Will Power in the unified IndyCar Series, under the KV Racing name following Dan Petitt's departure.

Servià finished 11th at the Indianapolis 500, impressive due to his 25th place start. He stayed in the top 15 for most of the race. A week later, he had a remarkable run at Milwaukee. After falling back to 26th position and losing a lap early in the race due to contact with Enrique Bernoldi, he immediately regained his lap on the restart and steadily moved through the field to finish 6th. Following unsuccessful races in Iowa and Texas, Servià improved his best finish in an IRL-spec race by finishing 4th in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix. The final race of the season at the Chicagoland Speedway brought in CDW as a new sponsor.

The season finished with Servià racking up seven top-10 finishes, five top-5 finishes, and a 4th place best finish.

2009[edit]

Servià was sidelined for the first three races of the IndyCar Series leading into the Indianapolis 500. He signed a deal with Rahal Letterman Racing to compete in the Indianapolis 500. He qualified on the third day of qualifying at an average speed of 220.984, and finished 26th in the race after dropping out with mechanical problems.[2]

He has since signed on with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for the Mid-Ohio race after serving as an advisor to Tony Kanaan at Andretti Green Racing.

2011[edit]

Due to sponsorship issues at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, Servià sat out the 2010 Indycar season. However after picking up Telemundo and CDW as sponsors, Servià was able to make his return for the 2011 season. He had his best season since 2005, by finishing with three podiums, six top 5s, and eleven top 10s on his way to finishing 4th in the points.

Servià also finished runner-up in the controversial race at 2011 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. With just 10 laps remaining, the green flag was displayed, which resulted in multiple crashes. As the race was then red flagged, with Servià in front, race control decided to reverse the order and award Ryan Hunter-Reay as the winner. Newman/Haas Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing filed protests. After a hearing on August 22, the race was officially awarded to Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Three weeks later, Servià would score his second runner-up of the season in the Baltimore Grand Prix.

2012[edit]

The 2012 Indycar Season saw a change for Servià, as he moved to the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team. The season started rough for Servià, due to the use of a Lotus motor that was not competitive compared to the Chevrolet and Honda motors. At the Indianapolis 500, the team switched to Chevrolet power, and Servià's scored his first top 10 of the season. He went on to score three more top 5s to finish 13th in points.

2013[edit]

Servià began the 2013 Indycar season with the same team as last year, where he scored one top 5 finish at the 2013 São Paulo Indy 300. However his team ran into sponsorship problems following the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Servià was later signed to drive the Panther Racing National Guard car for Texas and Iowa.

Career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
1998 Dorricott Racing MIA
4
LBH
19
NAZ
13
STL
16
MIL
14
DET
6
POR
21
CLE
6
TOR
10
MIS
5
TRO
2
VAN
19
LS
2
FON
25
7th 73
1999 Dorricott Racing MIA
6
LBH
12
NAZ
2
MIL
5
POR
2
CLE
2
TOR
2
MIS
5
DET
2
CHI
4
LS
7
FON
14
1st 130

CART/Champ Car[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2000 PPI Motorsports Reynard 2Ki Toyota RV8E V8t MIA
Ret
LBH
6
RIO
Ret
MOT
Ret
NZR
9
MIL
19
DET
3
POR
8
CLE
Ret
TOR
11
MIS
8
CHI
Ret
MDO
10
ROA
10
VAN
11
LS
Ret
STL
5
HOU
9
SRF
9
FON
Ret
15th 60
2001 Sigma Autosport Lola B01/00 Ford XF V8t MTY
14
LBH
14
TXS
NH
NZR
9
MOT
14
MIL
14
DET
16
POR
9
CLE
17
TOR
23
MIS
11
CHI
18
MDO
9
ROA
10
VAN
5
LAU
5
ROC
10
HOU
26
LS
17
SRF
25
FON
11
19th 42
2002 PWR Championship Racing Lola B02/00 Toyota RV8F V8t MTY
10
LBH
11
MOT
6
MIL
Wth
LS POR CHI TOR CLE                     16th 44
Patrick Racing Reynard 02i                   VAN
14
MDO
10
ROA
16
MTL
16
DEN
11
ROC
4
MIA
17
SRF
16
FON
5
MXC
9
2003 Patrick Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t STP
12
MTY
18
LBH
12
BRH
4
LAU
5
MIL
2
LS
6
POR
5
CLE
6
TOR
5
VAN
16
ROA
18
MDO
18
MTL
2
DEN
3
MIA
19
MXC
13
SRF
19
FON
NH
7th 108
2004 Dale Coyne Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH
15
MTY
14
MIL
7
POR
11
CLE
4
TOR
9
VAN
12
ROA
6
DEN
6
MTL
9
LS
3
LVG
12
SRF
13
MXC
7
10th 199^
2005 Dale Coyne Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH
11
MTY
9
                      2nd 288
Newman/Haas Racing     MIL
3
POR
16
CLE
3
TOR
2
EDM
2
SJO
3
DEN
4
MTL
1
LVG
2
SRF
5
MXC
4
2006 PKV Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH
18
HOU
12
MTY
8
MIL
5
POR
10
CLE
3
TOR
12
EDM
4
SJO
8
DEN
15
MTL
16
ROA
4
SRF
13
MXC
6
11th 197
2007 Forsythe Championship Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE V8t LVG LBH
2
HOU
4
POR
11
CLE
7
MTT
9
TOR
10
EDM
6
SJO
3
ROA
4
ZOL
6
ASN
8
    6th 237
PKV Racing                         SRF
14
MXC
3
  • ^ New points system implemented in 2004

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2002 Walker Racing Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
PHX
FON
NAZ
INDY
DNQ
TXS
PPIR
RIR
KAN
NSH
MCH
KTY
GAT
CHI
TXS
NC
2008 KV Racing Technology Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 HMS
12
STP
7
MOT1
KAN
11
INDY
11
MIL
6
TXS
26
IOW
16
RIR
5
WGL
23
NSH
16
MDO
5
EDM
5
KTY
12
SNM
15
DET
4
CHI
17
SRF2
5
9th 358
Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE V8t LBH1
5
2009 Rahal Letterman Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP LBH KAN INDY
26
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY 21st 115
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing MDO
11
SNM
6
CHI
7
MOT
4
HMS
2011 Newman/Haas Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP
9
ALA
5
LBH
6
SAO
5
INDY
6
TXS
21
TXS
25
MIL
3
IOW
14
TOR
12
EDM
22
MDO
8
NHM
2
SNM
11
BAL
2
MOT
5
KTY
6
LVS3
C
4th 425
2012 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara DW12 Lotus DC00 V6t STP
16
ALA
13
LBH
16
SAO
11
13th 287
Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6t INDY
4
DET
5
TXS
20
MIL
4
IOW
21
TOR
5
EDM
24
MDO
25
SNM
19
BAL
7
FON
19
2013 Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t STP
17
ALA
15
LBH
6
SAO
4
INDY
11
DET DET 22nd 233
Panther Racing TXS
19
MIL IOW
7
POC TOR TOR MDO
14
SNM BAL
12
HOU
19
HOU
7
FON
19
2014 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t STP
LBH
7
ALA
20
IMS
12
INDY
11
DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 24th 88
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 6 62 0 0 3 29 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2002 Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 DNQ Walker Racing
Dallara IR-02 Infiniti VRH35ADE V8 DNQ Conquest Racing
2008 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 25 11 KV Racing Technology
2009 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 25 26 Rahal Letterman Racing
2011 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 3 6 Newman/Haas Racing
2012 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t 27 4 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2013 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t 13 11 Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2014 Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t 18 11 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2014–15 Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT 01E CHN
7
MAL
URU
ARG
TBA
MIA
LBH
MON
GER
GBR
7th* 6*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Glenn. Servia signs to race for PKV, Autosport.com, January 3, 2008
  2. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cristiano da Matta
Indy Lights Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Scott Dixon