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June 21, 2013

IndyCar's Servia brings racing knowledge to Indian Hills

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If anyone can speak to what it means to being inspired to race from a young age, it would be Servia.

“I think anybody that competes in anything, it’s tough because you’re going to try to get the best out of yourself and that’s hard work,” Servia said. “All that started one day when you were young because you liked something and you got into it. There’s no explanation why. You just know you like it.”

“I think days like this one don’t come along every day where you can see an Indy Car up close. Maybe that puts a bug in your head and makes one of these young kids study harder or be involved in some way in the future. If we were a little part of that, mission accomplished.”

Servia, meanwhile, will be looking to accomplish a different mission on Sunday by winning the Iowa Corn 250. It would be the first IndyCar win for Servia in what would be his 59th career start on the series.

“We had a good run going there in 2011. We were in the top five when we had a problem in the pits stop and we had another problem in the pits last year too,” Servia said of the Newton race. “It’s a track I feel like I do well. The Panther Racing team is a good team. They’ve given me a good car. We’ve been working hard and we should have a good (run) Sunday.”

“It always helps if I made a few more fans rooting for you. I don’t always get the chance to meet with so many young fans before a race, but I’m glad I got this chance.”

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