Oriol Servia

Oriol Servia

A graduate of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya with a degree in mechanical engineering, Servia began racing in 1988 driving go-karts. From 1992-1997, he competed as a member of the Elf “la filiere” driver development program. During that period he finished fourth in the 1996 French Formula 3 Championship, sixth in the 1997 Macao Formula 3 World Championship and competed in one British Formula 3 race finishing fifth.

Servia moved to the United States in 1998 and competed in his first Dayton Indy Lights Championship season. He finished seventh in the championship that season on the strength of six top-ten finishes. In 1999, Servia captured the Indy Lights Championship for Dorricott Racing. Although he did not win a race he scored five runner-up finishes and achieved a series high three pole positions.

Servia made his Champ Car debut in 2000 with PPI Motorsports. He scored championship points in 11 of the 20 events that year led by his first career podium finish, a third place showing at Detroit. Servia finished 15th in the point standings in 2000 and was the runner-up to Kenny Brack for the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award. Moving to Sigma Autosports in 2001, Servia finished 19th in the championship standings earning consecutive fifth place showings at Vancouver and Germany. He also earned his first career start in the first two rows qualifying third at Texas and demonstrated his consistency by finishing 15 of the 20 events placing second in laps completed and third in miles completed.

In 2002, Servia ran the first three races of the season with PacWest Racing scoring points all three times. When PWR ceased operations he sat out the next six contests before signing with Patrick Racing for a five race trial beginning in Vancouver. After impressing the team with both his driving talent and knowledge his contract was extended for the remainder of the season. Servia finished in the points in eight of the 13 races he contested in 2002. He had six top-10 showings including two top-five finishes, a fifth place performance at Fontana and a season high fourth place showing at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. Servia placed 16th in the championship standings with 44 points.

In 2003, Servia ran the full season for Patrick Racing. Driving for a top-level team for a full season for the first time, Servia had a solid season scoring nine top-10 finishes including seven top five showings with three podiums (second place in Milwaukee and Montreal, third in Denver). He finished in the top-10 in the championship for the first time in his career placing seventh. Servia also notched the first two front-row starts of his career in 2003, qualifying second on consecutive weekends in Montreal and Denver.

At the conclusion of the 2003 season Patrick Racing closed their shop. Moving to Dale Coyne Racing in 2004, Servia led the team to the best season in its 19-year history. He scored eight top-10 finishes capped by a third place showing at Laguna Seca.The podium finish at Laguna was the fifth of his career and the first for Dale Coyne Racing since 1996. Servia finished the season tied for ninth in the points, placing 10th in the championship standings (second consecutive season in top-10).

Servia had his best Champ Car season, and the best by a Spanish driver, in 2005 placing second in the championship standings. He started the year with Dale Coyne Racing, but replaced the injured Bruno Junqueira at Newman/Haas Racing after the first two events. Servia made 11 starts for Newman/Haas, earning seven podiums including a win in Montreal, his first career Champ Car victory (first by a Spanish driver). He started on the front-row a career high four times and scored his first career pole (first by a Spanish driver).

Driving for PKV Racing in 2006, Servia finished in the top-10 eight times in 14 races including four top-five showings with one podium performance. He placed 11th in the standings just three points out of 10th and 22 out of fifth. In the six races Servia did not place in the top-10, he DNF’ed (did not finish) each time, only once due to pilot error. All six times he was running in the top-five when he went out of the race. Servia qualified in the top-10 in 12 of the 14 races with five top-five starting spots. His qualifying record earned him the team record for consecutive top-five starting positions (four) and tied him with Jimmy Vasser and Cristiano da Matta for the most top-10 starting spots in a season.

Servia contested 13 of the 14 events in 2007, two with PKV Racing and 11 for Forsythe Championship Racing, earning 11 top-10 finishes including five top-five showings with three podiums. His best finish was second in Long Beach. In his two races with PKV Racing, Servia qualified second and was running with the leaders in Surfers Paradise when a late race incident damaged his car. In Mexico City, he qualified fourth then drove one of the most exciting races of the season coming from seventh place late in the contest to finish third. He finished sixth in the championship standings last year with 237 points.

Oriol Servia contested his first IndyCar Series season in 2008 driving the KV Racing Technology #5 Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry. Servia finished 5th five times (Long Beach, Richmond, Mid Ohio, Edmonton and Surfer’s Paradise) and a season high 4th-place at Detroit. He finished 9th in the season standings with 358 points and proved to be the most dependent transition driver of the year.

Servia competed in five races for Rahal Letterman Racing (Indianapolis) and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in 2009.  He recorded three consecutive top-10 finishes to close season, including a best of fourth at Homestead.

In 2011 Servia finished fourth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings for Newman/Haas Racing. He recorded 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of second at New Hampshire and Baltimore. He was among three drivers to be running at the finish in all 17 races, and led all drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011). Servia was the only driver to finish in the top 10 in first five races of the season.

In 2012 and 2013 Servia drove for Panther/DRR.

Currently, Oriol is driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the #16 car.