IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia during this week's Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver is piloting the No. 77 Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 100th running of the prestigious open-wheel race.
PBDC is a premier members-only club located at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida and hosts a variety of track programs year-round. The exclusive club is prominently displayed on Mr. Servia's helmet designed by Troy Lee for the historic event on Sunday, May 29. His previous performances at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has produced two top-10 finishes with his career best of fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 and a third-place qualifying effort in 2011. Mr. Servia qualified for this year's race in the 10th position while his teammate, James Hinchcliffe collected the pole position for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"Congratulations to Oriol Servia and Schmidt Peterson Racing on their top-10 qualifying run for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500," stated IRGSE vice chairman and CEO Chris Lencheski. "The partnership with Oriol Servia is just one of many future initiatives IRGSE is working on for our expansion back into mainstream major league motorsports. Mr. Servia is a great ambassador for our exclusive driving club, PBDC, the Palm Beaches and the motorsports industry as a whole."
"In my career I have always tried to align myself with companies and groups of people I found interesting," stated Oriol Servia. "Partnering with Palm Beach Driving Club couldn't fit any better with that criteria and, as a race car driver an alliance with a private driving club couldn't be more fitting. I am really excited to represent PBDC and work on future projects with them."
PBDC offers weekly, year-round track programs to automotive enthusiasts exclusively at Palm Beach International Raceway. The elite club allows drivers to tailor the program to fit their lifestyle. The club's membership is made up of drivers of all levels of experience with a desire for practice sessions and races under the guidance of professional drivers. PBDC is undergoing an expansive multi-year capital improvement projects that will see new state-of-the-art client hospitality and higher-level lighting developed for nighttime televised racing and new club activities as just a few new additions. This year the road course has hosted large scale corporate programs with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley and Cadillac to name only a few impressive automotive brands now using PBDC and PBIR to host their dealership groups and customers.
"The Palm Beach Driving Club and its members are proud to have a stake in the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," remarked Aaron Weiss, president of Palm Beach International Raceway. "Oriol Servia's impressive qualify performance places him at the sharp end of the fight and we look forward to him translating it into a strong result."
The legendary 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for May 29, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information about PBDC, please go to www.RacePBDC.com