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June 21, 2013

IndyCar's Servia brings racing knowledge to Indian Hills

OTTUMWA – It’s been said that kids say the darndest things.

Sometimes, they ask the darndest questions.

That’s okay. Oriol Servia doesn’t mind. He’s here to educate young people in all facets of the sport that he loves.

Even if it’s a monetary facet.

“How much is my helmet worth on E-bay?” the IndyCar star said repeating a question from a young fan Thursday during a visit to the Indian Hills campus. “I’m not sure we’ve ever put it on there to find out.”

Servia was willing to take questions on all subjects, mostly on the subject he’s most passionate about. On his way to compete this weekend at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in Newton, Servia talked with different groups of kids Thursday afternoon outside the IHCC Advanced Technology Building about anything and everything that had to do with racing.

“It’s great because I love talking about racing, so I get to talk about what I love, but it isn’t often you get to talk to so many young people and get them interested in racing,” Servia said. “It’s always interesting to see how the minds work when they’re that young. The questions they ask are always the most random, but also the most interesting, so it’s very enjoyable.”

Servia talked about the design and the building of the IndyCars, which was beautifully on display in the form of J.R. Hildebrand’s National Guard machine. Having one of the cars that will be out on the track at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon up close for all fans to come up and see only added to the learning experience.

“I know the young girls (in the Indian Hills Girls Exploring Math and Science Tech Camp) were working with on little cars of their own, so it fits perfectly that we had an Indy Car here for them to see,” Servia said. “It was great to talk with those young ladies. Hopefully, we may have inspired the next Danica Patrick out of that group.”

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