Birthdate: July 13, 1974
Hometown: Pals, Spain
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
The son of a Spanish Rally champion, Oriol Servia has been
racing since he was young, advancing steadily up the racing ranks
in series around the world.
Before joining the Champ Car World Series, Servia was the 1999
Dayton Indy Lights champion, finishing second in five races and
earning three pole positions. Servia has had success during his
career in Champ Car as well. He finished a career-best second in
the championship standings in 2005, and gave Dale Coyne Racing its
first podium finish since 1996 with a third-place run at Laguna
Seca in 2004.
Servia is a graduate of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
with a degree in mechanical engineering. An avid motocross
rider, he received his first off-road motorcycle from his
father, Salvadore, when he was 2 years old.
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
First start: March 29, 2008 (Homestead-Miami
• Finished fourth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings for
• Recorded 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of second at New
Hampshire and Baltimore.
• Among three drivers to be running at the finish in all 17
• Led all drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011).
• Only driver to finish in the top 10 in first five races of the
• Competed in five races for Rahal Letterman Racing (Indianapolis)
and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
• Recorded three consecutive top-10 finishes to close season,
including a best of fourth at Homestead.
• Started seventh at Chicagoland.
• Finished ninth in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing
• Recorded fourth top-five and six top-10 finishes with best of
fourth at Belle Isle.
ROAD TO THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
• Finished sixth in the Champ Car World
• Finished a season-best second at Long Beach and fourth at
Houston filling in for an injured Paul Tracy. Performance earned
him a ride with Forsythe Championship Racing.
• Competed for PKV Racing for final two races of the
• Finished 11th in Champ Car World
Series standings for PKV Racing with best finish of third at
• Started in the top five in four consecutive events from
Cleveland to San Jose.
• Finished second in Champ Car World
• Made 11 starts for Newman/Haas as substitute for injured Bruno
Junquiera after starting the year with Dale Coyne Racing.
• Earned seven podiums finishes, including his first
career win at Montreal.
• Led Dale Coyne Racing to its best Champ Car season,
recording eight top-10 finishes capped by podium finish at
• Finished seventh in CART standings with Patrick
• Recorded first two front-row starts, starting second in Montreal
and Denver on consecutive weekends.
• Finished 16th in CART standings for
• Was at his best on ovals, scoring a fourth-place run in
England and climbing 13 spots on the grid to place fifth at
• Attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 for
Walker Racing, but failed to qualify after team waved off on Bump
• Finished 19th in CART standings for Sigma
Autosport team, scoring championship points in nine of 20 starts,
including five in a row.
• Finish 15th in CART standings for PPI
• Was second in race for Rookie of the Year.
• Won Daytona Indy Lights Championship for Dorricott
• Recorded five runner-up finishes and three pole
• Completed first full season in Daytona Indy Lights,
finishing seventh in the championship on the strength of six top-10
• Finished sixth in the Macao Formula 3 World
• Finished fifth in lone British F3 Championship start.
• Finished fourth in the French Formula 3 Championship.
• Competed as a member of the Elf La Filiere driver
• Began his racing career in go-karts.