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Oriol Servia will have a ride at Grand Prix of Baltimore

Oriol Servia will have a ride at Grand Prix of Baltimore

When the IZOD IndyCar Series arrived in Baltimore in 2011, some local fans seemed to pick a favorite driver based largely on his first name.

Oriol Servia didn't disappoint.

The Spaniard, whose first name is pronounced much like a certain baseball team, finished second to Will Power in the first Baltimore Grand Prix.

It has been a bumpy road ever since for Servia, 39, who lost his full-time ride after the 2011 season when Newman-Haas Racing closed its operations and spent 2012 with Dreyer & Reinbold.

When Dreyer & Reinbold couldn't fund a car after this year's Indianapolis 500, Servia joined Panther Racing — a...

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