INDIANAPOLIS — Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has hired Spanish driver Oriol Servia for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Servia, a native of Catalonia, Spain, will be joining the Indianapolis-based squad for the first time. Servia qualified third for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, recorded 11 top-10 finishes, was one of three drivers to be running at the finish in all 17 races, led all drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011) and was the only driver to finish in the top-10 in the first five races of the season. Servia finished fourth in the overall IZOD IndyCar Series championship.
“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. Oriol has always been a smart driver and has always put himself and his team in a position to win races. We are going to have to be well prepared to take advantage of his abilities and we look forward to the challenge” said Dennis Reinbold, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner.
The veteran driver not only brings a wealth of experience to the table, but many accolades as well. His success in open-wheel racing includes a runner-up finish in the 2005 Champ Car World Series standings as well as winning the 1999 Indy Lights championship, where he finished second in five races and earned three pole positions. Servia also gave Dale Coyne Racing its first podium finish since 1996 with a third-place run at Laguna Seca in 2004.
“I couldn’t be more excited, for many reasons. DRR is a team that I raced against since 2008 and they’ve always shown to be very professional at the race track. Although I knew the owners, I didn’t know them very well, to be honest. 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. I went to the team’s sponsor summit last week and met all of their partners that they have been involved with for many, many years, which was another clear sign that they are good people,” commented Servia.