Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today the signing veteran Oriol Servia to run full-time in 2012.
"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 racetrack," said Servia. "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"
The Catalonia, Spain native came to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2008 with KV Racing Technology, finishing 9th in the season ending standings. Servia moved over to Rahal Letterman Racing in 2009 for the Indianapolis 500, before running four of the last five races of the season with Newman Haas Lanigan. After a ride less 2012 season, the 37-year-old returned to Newman Haas competing full-time, finishing 4th.
"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," said team co-owner, Dennis Reinbold. "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."
Servia and a yet to be announced teammate will run Lotus powered engines.