Oriol Servia gave Scuderia Corsa a rousing introduction to IndyCar racing last May when he led 16 laps and came within one yellow flag of stealing the 102nd Indianapolis 500. The 44-year-old veteran from Spain was hoping to turn that one-off ride (pictured) into a full-time deal for 2019 but RACER.com has learned Scuderia Corsa is expected to announce its partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing on Wednesday and that Ed Jones will be the driver.
“I heard the same thing and I know they (Scuderia Corsa) were looking for money and I don’t have any,” said Servia, who pitted from the lead on Lap 194 last year for a splash of fuel and wound up finishing 17th. “It hurts a little because I was hoping what we did would turn into something bigger next season but I’ve been around and I understand how things work. It was nice to have them when I went looking for a sponsor, so I’m not sure where that leaves me. But I’ll be at Indianapolis looking for a ride and I still have hope I can win that race.”
In his 10 starts at Indy, Servia finished fourth (2012) and started third and wound up sixth 2011 — both times with full-time rides. The past six years he’s done Indy as a one-off for various teams and has always run well at IMS.
Following an excellent rookie season in 2017 with Dale Coyne, Jones was hired by Chip Ganassi for 2018 and wound up 13th in the points with a pair of third-place finishes. He was replaced by Felix Rosenqvist for 2019.
Jones is expected to team with Spencer Pigot and drive the No. 20 car on all the street and road courses but is also expected to be in a third Fuzzy’s Chevy at Indianapolis.