IndyCar driver Oriol Servia calls 2018 car ‘sexy, fast and safe’

(via AUTOWEEK) – After a full day of somewhat deliberate and laborious testing of the 2018 universal aero kit Tuesday, IndyCar test drivers Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia and Oriol Servia of Spain gave a very positive assessment of the new Indy car.

For Servia, a longtime veteran of CART, Champ Car and IndyCar, he couldn’t have picked a better place to shake down the new car than at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I’m happy that our first test with the new car was at Indy,” Servia said. “The main reason is the whole championship; all the races are important, but the Indianapolis 500 is what we all care the most. From lap 1, the car felt at home. The car felt great. I was flat-out of the pits and that says how good the car felt right away.”

Everything IndyCar officials had planned to do in a two-day test were accomplished in just two days — a testament to how well the initial test went.

“The car feels very benign,” Servia said. “It just feels right. It doesn’t have any malicious movements out there. It’s very consistent. My second, long run is one of the most consistent runs I’ve done at this track in all my years. It feels really good.

“It’s sexy, fast and safe. It’s a brand-new machine. It’s ‘Eye Candy.’”

Servia drove the Honda test car prepared by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Montoya drove the Chevrolet test car prepared by Team Penske.
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