|DATE:||Tuesday – Friday, May 15-18, 2018|
|PRACTICE BROADCASTS:||Live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com and on the INDYCAR YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/indycar) on beginning Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. ET daily. Also on the INDYCAR 18 app.|
|TRACK LAYOUT:||2.5 mile, four-turn oval|
|ORIOL SERVIÁ’S BESTSTART/FINISH AT CIRCUIT:||6th in 2011 with Newman-Haas / 4th in 2012 with Dreyer-Reinbold; will be Servià’s 10th Indianapolis 500 race|
Practice Begins for the 102nd Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 14, 2018) – Making their debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the most famous race in all of the United States, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 64 will turn its first laps this week during the first official practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
As opposed to traditional race weekends, one of the unique traditions of the Indianapolis 500 is the fact it operates as a two-week event. Tomorrow (Tuesday) features a full day of practice for rookie and veteran drivers, which includes Scuderia Corsa’s own Oriol Servià. From tomorrow through Friday, teams will have four complete days of practice, giving an exponential amount of time for on-track testing compared to other events.
This will be followed by two days of qualifying this upcoming weekend, where teams will set four consecutive laps on Saturday to determine their qualifying group for Sunday, where they will again set four laps to determine their grid position. In addition, as a unique change to the last several years, the race currently features more entries than the available 33 spots, meaning that some teams will not make the race known as “Bump Day”, putting an extra premium on a solid qualifying run. The team will then get two additional days of testing on Monday and Friday, before the historic Indy 500, known as the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, next Sunday, May 27.
While Scuderia Corsa is new to the series, the team will be joined by both a veteran driver and team to help navigate the next two weeks, partnering with driver Oriol Servià and the renowned Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL), a team who previously won the Indianapolis 500 in 2004, and is considered one of the strongest teams in the series.
Driver Oriol Servià on the Start of the “Month of May”
An Indianapolis veteran and fellow Southern California resident, Oriol Servià will join the team as a specialist of the speedway, having competed nine times previous, including leading several laps and with a best finish of fourth.
“I’m excited that we can finally begin,” stated Servià. “The Indianapolis 500 and the ‘Month of May’ is unlike anything else, and I’m excited to be part of such a great program. Obviously Scuderia Corsa has a great history of winning, and RLL is one of the best teams in IndyCar, so I’m excited to see how we all work together. Being new to this experience, I’m especially looking forward to introducing everyone at Scuderia Corsa to the many traditions and festivities in store, the entire experience is something they’ll never forget.”
Giacomo Mattioli, Scuderia Corsa Team Principal on Indy 500 Team Debut
“The tradition and heritage of the Indianapolis 500 is an experience we really look forward to taking in,” stated Mattioli. “The Verizon IndyCar Series is a great championship, and with a product that seems to only get stronger, so we’re eager to take our first steps in open-wheel at the ‘Racing Capital of the World’. The Indy 500 is something every team dreams of participating in, we’re all very excited about the opportunity.”
About Scuderia Corsa
In 2018, Las Vegas-based team will expand its racing efforts to open-wheel, running in the 102nd Indianapolis 500. 2018 12H of Sebring podium, 2017 IMSA GTD Champion, 2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 6H of Watkins Glen podium, 2017 12H of Sebring podium, 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2018, the team will compete in their 27th year of open wheel competition and attempt to add to their 25 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 30 poles, 94 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 – Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 17 wins, 23 poles and 68 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017. The team recently announced a two-car program in the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The series will debut in the 2018/2019 season as a support series to the FIA Formula E Championship.
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