Servia to drive for Panther at Mid-Ohio
31 July 2013 – Oriol Servia will return to the cockpit for Panther Racing at Mid-Ohio this weekend, the Spaniard stepping-in in place of Ryan Briscoe, who is still recovering from a broken wrist sustained in a crash in Toronto.
Servia and Briscoe have shared the Panther seat since the sacking of JR Hildebrand for his last place finish in the Indy 500. The Canadian had been due to take part at Mid-Ohio, but following surgery on fractures to his right wrist, the most likely scenario will now see him return around late-August time.
The outing will be Servia’s third of the season for the squad, with his latest appearance at Iowa Speedway yielding a seventh place finish.
“I'm very excited to be back in the National Guard car, Iowa was my last race, and while I love ovals, I'm really looking forward to getting back on a road course,” said Servia. "Mid-Ohio is a very technical track, but we have a test day before the race that will be a big help for us fine-tuning the car, and especially for me to knock off a little rust. I'm looking forward to being competitive this weekend and there's no reason why we shouldn't be."
Mid-Ohio will also introduce a new name to the top echelon of American single-seaters, with James Davison due to make his debut for Dale Coyne Racing. He will sit in the No. 18 car, which has previously been occupied by Ana Beatriz, Mike Conway and Pippa Mann.