Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Servia And Saavedra Land Rides

IndyCar veterans Oriol Servia and Sebastian Saavedra woke up Tuesday morning to announce their plans for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Oriol Servia was first to make his plans known, courtesy of an 8am press release from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

"I honestly couldn't be any happier to announce that I will be entering the 99th Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Servia. “There is a saying in Spanish "A la tercera va la vencida" (Third time lucky) that I feel fits our effort very well. This will be our third attempt together to cross the most famous brickyard first after 500 miles. The first two efforts were very promising and encouraged all parties to go for it again with the most ambitious aspirations. I have followed closely all the changes that the team has gone through over the winter and I am really excited as I have worked with most of the new hires. I believe the whole team is perhaps the strongest and most talented group in the whole Indy car paddock. I must thank the whole team and especially the bosses, Mr. Rahal, Mr. Letterman and Mr. Lanigan for their confidence and support. I can't wait to jump in the car and team up with Graham again. This will be a great month of May."

Three hours later Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced their season plans for the No. 8 car. And those plans include Sebastian Saavedra. Saavedra will run the entry this weekend in Long Beach and he road course round at Indianapolis. Sage Karam, who competed the first two races in the car, will run Barber and the remaining schedule until the season finale at Sonoma where the plans are still up in the air.

Saavedra comes to Ganassi with backing from Gary Peterson and his AFS sponsorship package.

“We’ve been committed to Sage and to running the No. 8 car in the full Verizon IndyCar Series season since day one, and this plan reflects our continued investment in the series and in the team,' said team owner Chip Ganassi. "Sage continues to grow his race craft in his development role with us, and we look forward to having both he and Sebastian contribute to the No. 8 team moving forward this season.”

In addition, Saavedra will run a 5th Ganassi-backed entry in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. It's likely the car will be farmed out through another Chevrolet team.

The Servia and Saavedra news bumps the current confirmed Indianapolis 500 entries to 31, which will likely grow to 34 before opening day. The complete 2015 car/driver chart can bee viewed HERE.


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