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April 2015

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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Newgarden takes dramatic maiden win

April 26th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden survived a late charge from Graham Rahal to take his first career IndyCar win in a thrilling race at Barber. Newgarden had announced himself as an early contender by jumping from his starting position of fifth to third in the first corner. He moved into the lead for the first time by beating Helio Castroneves off pit road after the first round of stops, and later reclaimed the position by doing the same thing to Scott Dixon at the beginning of the final stint. At that point the CFH driver had amassed a comfortable lead, but he and Dixon were also having to carefully watch their fuel and tyres over their final stint. That created an opportunity for Rahal, who had gone off strategy earlier in the race [...]

Castroneves beats rain for Barber pole

April 25th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves will start Sunday’s IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park from pole position after heading a Team Penske one-two-three in a weather-affected qualifying session. The entire session was conducted as a race against approaching electrical storms, although in the end there was just 90 seconds of green flag time left for the Fast Six when the weather intervened. Drivers had one minute’s notice that the session would end early, but worsening rain meant left little chance for anyone to depose Castroneves from his second pole in a week. The Brazilian’s 1m07.1925s was just under 0.2 seconds quicker than team-mate Will Power, with Simon Pagenaud a further 0.2s in arrears. “We worked during the break and each session we were improving,” Castroneves said. “The car is really good. It’s so [...]

Power fastest in practice two

April 25th, 2015

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Will Power led a Penske one-two in the second practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park. The reigning series champion was one of several drivers to take a turn at the top of the sheets, and made the spot his own late on with a best time of 1m.07.2913, beating team-mate Helio Castroneves by 0.2 seconds. Scott Dixon, who was fastest in the morning’s first session, denied Penske a top-three sweep by finishing up just ahead of Simon Pagenaud. Once again, Chevrolet cars occupied the top six places, with NOLA winner James Hinchcliffe going fastest of the Honda entries. Elsewhere, it was an eventful session for CFH’s Luca Filippi, who led the times early on, and then later brought out a brief red flag when he [...]

Dixon leads opening Barber practice

April 25th, 2015

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Scott Dixon opened this weekend’s IndyCar round at Barber Motorsports Park by going fastest in Saturday’s morning practice session. The Ganassi racer, who won in Long Beach last weekend, went to the top with a best time of 1m07.7754s, putting him a comfortable 0.2 seconds clear of closest rival Will Power. Luca Filippi moved himself up to third-fastest late in the session to finish up just ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais, with Helio Castroneves completing an all-Chevrolet top six. At one point mid-way through the session the top few places were all Honda, with Takuma Sato sitting just ahead of three Andretti cars, but in the end it was Graham Rahal who popped up as the Japanese manufacturer’s highest-placed representative. GP2 veteran Rodolfo Gonzalez, who is making his [...]

Daly joins Schmidt for Indy 500

April 25th, 2015

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Conor Daly will return to the Indianapolis 500 next month after securing a ride with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The deal comes two years after he made his IndyCar debut at the 2013 500 with AJ Foyt’s team. The 23-year-old former GP2 regular said that he is looking forward to rekindling a relationship with Schmidt that began with a partial Indy Lights season in 2011. “I have had a great relationship with Sam Schmidt ever since driving for him in Indy Lights, and I have always wanted a shot with his IndyCar team,” Daly said. “I can’t thank everyone enough who have put in all the hours to pull this programme together. “I’m confident we will all benefit from this relationship going forward, and I can’t wait to get to work [...]

Honda IndyCar teams seek ‘sweet spot’

April 24th, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has conceded that Honda’s IndyCar teams are still struggling to find the ideal operating window of its new aero kit, though he is confident it can catch Chevrolet. Honda currently leads Chevrolet in the manufacturers’ standings due to a raft of penalties for unauthorised engine repairs issued to Chevy after the season-opener in St Petersburg. However Chevrolet has dominated the results on-track over the opening four rounds: its drivers locked out the top six finishing positions in St Pete, and the top seven in Long Beach. Schmidt Peterson driver James Hinchcliffe won for Honda in a rain-affected race at NOLA, but even there Chevrolet held the top six places on the starting grid. Hunter-Reay believes that there is still potential to be unlocked in the Honda kit, but [...]

Gonzalez becomes latest Coyne driver

April 22nd, 2015

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Rodolfo Gonzalez will become the fourth driver in three weekends to drive Dale Coyne Racing’s #18 entry after securing the ride for this weekend’s IndyCar race at Barber. The 28-year-old Venezuelan tested at the Alabama circuit with Coyne last year, although Sunday’s race will be his first in the series. His arrival continues what is evolving into one of the quirkier subplots of the early part of the season. Carlos Huertas began the season in Coyne’s #18 car, only to be replaced by 36-year-old rookie Rocky Moran Jr the evening before first practice at Long Beach due to what sources have described as “contractual problems”. Moran drove the car during the opening day of Long Beach practice but was involved in a crash with Carlos Munoz late in the afternoon [...]

Dixon beats Penskes in Long Beach

April 19th, 2015

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Scott Dixon ended his Long Beach hoodoo with a comfortable win on the southern Californian street circuit in Sunday’s IndyCar race. The Ganassi driver was able to get around Juan Pablo Montoya early on to claim second, and then capitalised on a brief delay for then-leader Helio Castroneves during the first round of stops to leapfrog the Brazilian. From that point on, he was never really under threat. By the third stint his lead over Castroneves was out to more than three seconds, and it settled to 2.2s when he crossed the line to take his first win at a venue where he had never previously finished higher than fourth. Castroneves had a similarly straightforward run to the flag for second place, and it was left to the battle for [...]

Bell secures Indy 500 return

April 19th, 2015

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Townsend Bell will return to the Indianapolis 500 this year in a Chevrolet-powered car entered by Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing. Bell, who turns 40 this week, has made eight previous appearances at the Brickyard, including one with Dreyer & Reinbold in 2008. “We are extremely pleased to have Townsend back in our car for the Indianapolis 500,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “Townsend has proven to be a contender at Indy for many years, including last year’s event when he was running second with 10 laps to go.” Bell’s career best result at the 500 is fourth, which he achieved in 2009 with KV Racing Technology. The sportscar regular ran as high as second in last year’s race, again with KV, before a late crash left him classified 25th. INDY [...]

Castroneves beats Montoya to pole

April 18th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves will head an all-Penske front row for Sunday’s IndyCar race in Long Beach after narrowly edging Juan Pablo Montoya in qualifying on Saturday. The Brazilian’s 1m06.6294s lap reset the track record, and kept him ahead of Penske team-mate Montoya by a scant 0.02 seconds. “Yesterday wasn’t the best and the guys changed a lot [on the car],” Castroneves said. “For me, this was great. Now we’ve got to finish the job.” Montoya felt he had the speed to make the top spot his own, but was left ruing a small error on his fastest lap. “I really thought I had it there, but I made a mistake in the last corner,” he said. “Too greedy. But ifs and buts don’t count.” Ganassi’s Scott Dixon and Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay [...]

Pagenaud fastest in final practice

April 18th, 2015

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A last-lap flyer from Simon Pagenaud was rewarded with the fastest lap in the third practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Long Beach. Pagenaud leapt to the top in the final seconds with a best time of 1m07.0304s, beating Penske team-mate Penske Helio Castroneves by just over 0.1 seconds. Reigning series champion Will Power, who had been quickest for most of the session, completed a Team Penske one-two-three. Their team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya was only 15th. Ganassi’s Scott Dixon and Sebastian Saavedra were fourth and fifth-fastest respectively, leaving sixth-fastest Graham Rahal as the quickest Honda-powered driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan. The session was interrupted just once by red flags when Jack Hawksworth spun to a stop in the middle of the track, although it narrowly avoided another when [...]

Daly replaces Moran in Coyne car

April 18th, 2015

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Conor Daly has been called up to replace Rocky Moran Jr in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry at Long Beach this weekend, a day after Moran joined the team. Moran – who was announced as a last-minute replacement for Carlos Huertas on Friday – was ruled out after suffering a broken thumb in an accident with Carlos Munoz during yesterday’s second practice session. “It’s a shame to see Rocky break his [thumb] like he did, but this is why I bring my stuff to the track every week, and this is why I’m here, and this is why I’m ready,” Daly said. “I can’t thank Dale enough for the call, to be able to get out there and so some laps and get in the game. “We’ll see what [...]

Power heads Penske domination

April 18th, 2015

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Will Power topped the times in another Penske-dominated session as practice continued for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Long Beach. Power established himself at the top early on with a time in the 1m09s range, but later improved that to 1m07.5485s – 0.3 seconds faster than Ryan Hunter-Reay’s pole time from last year. Team-mate Simon Pagenaud also ducked under last year’s pole mark with a lap just 0.04s shy of Power’s, while Helio Castroneves was third-fastest, albeit another 0.3s down. Ganassi’s Scott Dixon managed to interrupt what would have been a Penske 1-2-3-4 by narrowly bettering Juan Pablo Montoya’s best time. An otherwise uneventful session was punctuated by the first red flag of the weekend, which was triggered when Andretti’s Carlos Munoz poked his nose to the inside of Dale [...]

IndyCar asks for more aero kit tweaks

April 17th, 2015

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IndyCar has introduced additional changes to the manufacturer aero kits ahead of Sunday’s race in Long Beach. Chevrolet will be required to remove the winglets from its front wing assembly until it has a chance to incorporate a tethering system, while Honda has been asked to make additional reinforcements to its rear wheel guards. The updates follow the reinforcements that were introduced on the eve of last weekend’s race at NOLA. There had been a spotlight on the structural integrity of the kits ever since the debris-laden season opener in St Petersburg late last month. The changes mandated for Long Beach form part of what an IndyCar bulletin said would be an ongoing process based on the series’ commitment to “delivering an entertaining on-track product throughout the season.”

Dixon leads first Long Beach session

April 17th, 2015

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Scott Dixon led a Chip Ganassi Racing one-two in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Long Beach. In sunny, dry conditions far removed from the rain that pelted last weekend’s race at NOLA, Dixon moved to the top for the first time 13 minutes into the session, and then made it his own by posting a 1m08.6458s lap 10 minutes before the end. The driver that he displaced at the top was team-mate Tony Kanaan, however the Brazilian’s 1m08.8076s effort was still good enough for him to hold on to second-fastest when the session came to an end. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third-fastest for Andretti, with Penske’s Will Power and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top five. The session passed largely without incident: BHA rookie Gabby Chaves [...]

Moran makes racing return with Coyne

April 17th, 2015

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Rocky Moran Jr has been called up as an 11th hour replacement for Carlos Huertas in Dale Coyne Racing’s #18 IndyCar entry at Long Beach this weekend. The 35-year-old, who most recently raced a GT class Jaguar in the ALMS in 2011, tested an IndyCar with Schmidt Peterson last year, and said that he is excited to have the opportunity to race. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about finally being able to drive an Indy Car,” said Moran. “Dale is a dream maker and I have always dreamed of this opportunity. “We just need to run a lot of miles, as I am aware of the hill I have to climb, but I love Long Beach and this truly is a dream come true for me.” Moran [...]

Mann joins Dale Coyne Racing for Indy

April 16th, 2015

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Pippa Mann will return to the Indianapolis 500 field this year after securing a deal to drive a Dale Coyne Racing entry. It will be the 31-year-old Brit’s fourth appearance at Indy, and third with DCR. She has not competed since last year’s 500, when she qualified a career-high 22nd and was classified 24th. Mann, who will line up alongside DCR full-timers Carlos Huertas and Francesco Dracone, has a best Indy 500 race result of 20th, recorded on her debut in 2011. “The last time I strapped into a race car may have been last May, but I feel very fortunate to have had such strong support from the Dale Coyne Racing team and from team owner Dale Coyne over the past 12 months,” she said. Mann’s ride will again [...]

Hunter-Reay penalised for NOLA crash

April 15th, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has been docked points and placed on probation after IndyCar officials determined that the Andretti Autosport driver was responsible for the three-car accident that ended his race last weekend at NOLA. Hunter-Reay was fined three points in the drivers’ championship and placed on probation for three races for his part in the crash, which was triggered when Simon Pagenaud was forced onto the grass while trying to run to Hunter-Reay’s outside and spun back across the track. Both drivers were eliminated, along with Sebastien Bourdais. The punishment was one of a raft of sanctions handed down by series officials in the wake of the NOLA race. Dale Coyne Racing rookie Francesco Dracone was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for six races for breaching Rule 7.10.1.8 (contact with [...]

Karam, Saavedra sharing Ganassi drive

April 14th, 2015

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Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra will share the fourth Chip Ganassi Racing entry for the remainder of the 2015 IndyCar season. Karam, who is contracted to Ganassi as a development driver, took the wheel of the team’s #8 car for the first two races of the season at St Petersburg and NOLA (pictured), earning finishes of 19th and 18th respectively. Under the new arrangement, he is scheduled to return to the cockpit at Barber and the Indianapolis 500, after which he will contest the balance of the season until the penultimate round at Pocono. “I’m grateful to Chip and the team for their ongoing commitment to me, and I can’t wait to get back in the car at Barber,” Karam said. “I just take things one day at a time [...]

Servia in RLL return for Indy 500

April 14th, 2015

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Oriol Servia will renew his association with Rahal Letterman Lanigan next month after signing on to drive a second entry for the team in the Indianapolis 500. It will be the Spaniard’s eighth attempt at the 500 and third with RLL, following on from appearances in 2009 and last year. “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. “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 [...]