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Mensaje por Gulus el Mar 23 Mayo 2017 - 16:25

Es interesante ver la explosión mediática de Fernando haciendo un paréntesis en la temporada para correr las 500 millas de Indianapolis y que nadie en la prensa, mencione apenas a nuestro representante en los últimos 15 años.


Servia's Career Continues To Sing Along 'His Way' with Strong May Performance
May 22, 2017 | By Phillip B. Wilson
Known for years in the Verizon IndyCar Series as an experienced and capable driver, Oriol Servia has also distinguished himself as an entertaining karaoke king.

“Ask him to sing ‘My Way,’” said Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Graham Rahal.

Servia laughs at the suggestion, but concedes he’s belted out the Frank Sinatra classic more than once. Servia, a 42-year-old Spaniard, has always had an infectious zeal for life, so sharing how his series singing got started in Japan in 2000 is amusing.

“We all stayed in this hotel next to the track,” Servia said. “In the basement, they have all these small rooms, and each one is a karaoke room. I just started there, and I liked it. Then I liked it so much, I bought this microphone that you can plug into any TV, and it has 2,000 songs in it. I would carry it to races and many times Sunday after the race, we would have a little party in my room.”

Servia laughs at himself, then adds: “That was when I was young. It’s been awhile. I don’t carry that around anymore.”

His No. 16 Manitowoc RLL Racing Honda will start 12th, two spots ahead of his teammate Rahal, in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday. As he prepares to make the 200th career start of his Indy car career, did Servia in fact do it his way?

“I think I’ve done it my way, yes, definitely,” he said. “Nobody else’s way, that’s for sure. It’s been more of a way that’s one step at a time than a clear plan of knowing where I was heading. I’m just trying to figure out each time.”

Despite constantly trying to put sponsorship deals together, Servia hasn’t had a full-time ride since 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold and Panther Racing. But he’s respected in the paddock. He was a 2008 KV Racing Technology teammate with Will Power, who went on to win the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series title for Team Penske. Servia also teamed up with Rahal at the Indy 500 in 2014 and 2015.

He’s celebrated only one Indy car victory, the 2005 Molson Indy Montreal while driving for Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car World Series. But he also has eight seconds, 10 thirds, 14 fourths and 19 fifths.

One of those fourths is his best finish in eight Indianapolis 500 starts, when he was driving for Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2012.

“He hasn’t been given or gotten the opportunities that others have,” Rahal said. “He’s very underrated in his performance. He’s fast and knows how to get the job done.”

That doesn’t quite begin to sum up Rahal’s affinity for his teammate.

“Oriol is the man: I love Oriol,” Rahal said. “He’s a great teammate, a great addition, the consummate pro. He’s just a great person to have around. I wish and hope there’s some day we can make it happen to find some money to run him full time.

“It’s been a lot of fun to have him around and bounce ideas off of. He always has the same feel for the car as I do, which is obviously very important. I appreciate that greatly because it helps me, it helps confirm to me that what I’m doing is right, that the ideas and concepts I push are right.”

The feeling is mutual.

“It’s the same with me,” Servia said. “Graham is a good guy. He’s always been real mature for his age, and I think he’s very intelligent. You see that on track, the way he races. He takes a lot from (his father) Bobby.”

Servia and Rahal both love their coffee, although Servia takes it to the extreme. Just before he climbs into a car on Race Day, he likes a double expresso. This month, he’s been carrying around little containers of Bulletproof The Original medium roast. The coffee is connected to his diet, which focuses on good fats. He’s also toned up from working out at a Gold’s Gym in Los Angeles, sometimes sweating alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Here I am, 200th start at the Indy 500 on a great team, and I think we have a shot,” he said. “It goes quick somehow, but most importantly, I’m not tired of it. I seem to like be wanting more, and I think I keep getting better, too. I’m sure at one point it will turn around and go down. But right now, I feel like every time I get in the car, I know something else that I didn’t know before, and I still have the speed and I still want it.”

Time has flown so quickly, Servia had no idea this would be his 200th career start.

“Arni (Sribhen) from INDYCAR said it at the offseason media day,” he said. “Just before, someone asked me how many races I think I had done, and I said 65. I had no idea.”

Once again on Race Day, he’ll have renowned Spanish artist Salvador Dali painted on his helmet. And he’s given the Dali image a crown, as part of his Poking restaurant services trademark, a business he’s trying to get going.

Even at his seasoned age, Servia suggests he hasn’t peaked yet. He’s convinced he can win the Indy 500.

And who knows, if he makes it to Victory Lane, maybe the karaoke king will give a command performance.

“I didn’t say I was good at it,” he said, smiling. “I said I liked doing it.”

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