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#2 - Oriol Servia
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Birthdate: July 13, 1974
Hometown: Pais, Spain
Team: Newman/Haas Racing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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