Oriol Servia Completes Final Indianapolis 500 Practice
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 26, 2017) – Oriol Servia, representing Palm Beach Driving Club, completed his final practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 by running 224.969 mph during Friday’s Carb Day.
Servia, driver of the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, will start 12th in Sunday’s race after posting a four-lap average speed of 230.309 mph in qualifying around the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The veteran driver, who has a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on the front of his helmet, will start two spots ahead of teammate Graham Rahal. Scott Dixon is the pole sitter for the event called the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Servia was 17th fastest on Friday after cutting his practice short with a fuel tank issue. Still, he remains optimistic for Sunday’s race.
“We had a problem in the fuel tank with the lines but nothing big,” he said. “I’m glad we found it today and not on race day. That is what Carb Day is for. Time flies but we got it in and the Manitowoc car felt great, same as Monday. We got just enough laps to try what we wanted to try and are pretty happy.”
Servia has nine starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of fourth in 2012. He finished 12th in the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as a representative of PBDC. The pre-eminent members-only club for automotive enthusiasts in the United States is located at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida.
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for May 28, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on ABC, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network. For more information about PBDC, please go to www.racePBDC.com.
About Palm Beach Driving Club:
Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) offers weekly, year-round track programs to automotive enthusiasts exclusively at Palm Beach International Raceway. The elite club allows drivers to tailor the program to fit their lifestyle. The club’s membership is made up of drivers of all levels of experience with a desire for practice sessions and races under the guidance of professional drivers.
PBIR is undergoing an expansive multi-year capital improvement project that will see new state-of-the-art client hospitality and higher-level lighting developed for night-time televised racing and new club activities as just a few new additions. This year, the road course has hosted large scale corporate programs with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley and Cadillac to name only a few impressive automotive brands now using PBDC and PBIR to host their dealership groups and customers.