Indy 500 Results: Oriol Servia Surprises with Top 5 Finish

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 25:  (R) Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda is conratulated by his opponent (L) Oriol Servia Pals of Spain, driver of the #22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet Chevy Dallara after winning the IZOD Pit Stop Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Oriol Servia was not anticipated to finish in the top five of the Indy 500, but he did.

Servia's fourth-place finish was the first top-five finish of his racing career. He is currently 16th in the IndyCar standings with 64 points, putting him 116 behind the leader.

Servia does not have a big name and did not lead any laps, but he still found a way to finish among the prestigious race's leaders.

Let's take a look at Servia's overall resume and how he found himself in the front of the pack on Sunday.


Servia's Career

Servia raced in four races other than the Indy 500 this year. He did not finish higher than 11th in any of them.

Last year, Servia finished in the top 10 in 12 of his 18 races. His top performances came in the IZOD IndyCar Series at New Hampshire and the Streets of Baltimore, finishing second in each race.

Servia has not enjoyed immense success and only began his IndyCar career in 2008. His lack of experience and lack of elite results make his finish in this year's Indy 500 extremely surprising.

His wreck on his qualifying run on pole day, perhaps, makes this finish even more shocking.

Considering the plethora of accomplished drivers in this year's Indy field, Servia was expected to finish near the back of the pack.

Instead, he meandered his way into the leader's pack.


How Did Servia Do It?

Servia started in the 27th position and was the only top-five finisher to not lead any laps on Sunday.

How did he manage to do it? Perseverance, consistency and possibly a little luck.

Servia took advantage of three caution flags caused by three separate incidents to climb the leaderboard. He managed to avoid any issues and pick his way through the pack.

He did not 53 laps like second-place finisher Scott Dixon, and he didn't start from the No. 1 spot like fifth-place finisher Ryan Briscoe.

Servia simply raced smart and consistent on Sunday. He may not win a race this year, or even finish as high as fourth again, but finishing fourth in the Indy 500 is a memorable moment.

This finish gives Servia something to hang his hat on.