Servia, who raced against Patrick for the past four years and is in his fifth season on the IZOD IndyCar Series, also got a firsthand look at the Indian Hills Automotive Technology department. The Pals, Spain native himself earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya and knows the value of a quality program in this field.
“I wasn’t sure what I was coming to, but it’s very nice campus,” Servia said of IHCC’s Automotive Tech program. “It’s much nicer then where I studied and it’s great what they’re teaching here. We’re always trying to get the best engineers and the best people in our sport to make us go faster. This is a program that’s helping produce those types of people.”
Part of what Servia talked with fans and various groups on Thursday at Indian Hills was the science that goes into creating machines that move at speeds well over 200 miles an hour. So much of the advancement of IndyCar, and really all of auto racing, can be traced back to the scientific side of the sport.
“We have about 10 engineers working on my car alone,” Servia said. “Being an engineer myself, I know the value of engineers. They play a huge part in racing to win championships. Being an engineer doesn’t just mean you have to sit in an office. There are a lot of things you can do. Making the cars go faster is one of them.”
Making those types of discoveries about harnessing speed on a race track has been driving Servia all his life. The son of former Spanish Rally champion Salvadore Servia, Oriol became hooked on motorsports after receiving his first off-road motorcycle from his dad at the tender age of two.