Oriol Servia Qualifies 12th for Indianapolis 500
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2017) – Oriol Servia, representing Palm Beach Driving Club, qualified 12th for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Servia, driver of the No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, had a four-lap average speed of 230.309 mph around the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His fastest lap was the first one at 230.537 mph.
The veteran driver, who has a Palm Beach Driving Club logo on the front of his helmet, qualified two spots ahead of teammate Graham Rahal, whose four-lap average was 230.253 mph. Scott Dixon grabbed the pole position with an average of 232.164 mph.
Servia was disappointed that he wasn’t among the top-nine qualifiers on Saturday to give him a shot at the pole position. But, he liked how his car performed on Sunday.
“We knew we had to take some risks to make the top nine,” Servia said. “We missed it a little bit, but today we nailed it. The car was on rails, perfect, consistent and really fast which is exactly what you need on May 28. Obviously, I want to start as far forward as we can, but I want to take the Manitowoc Honda to the winners circle and you need a consistent car to do that.”
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.