Oriol Servia to drive for Panther Racing at Texas and Iowa

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Oriol Servia will be the next driver to audition with Panther Racing following the dismissal of JR Hildebrand late last week. Ryan Briscoe drove for the team at Belle Isle but has other commitments this weekend.

Oriol Servia is next in line to audition with Panther Racing, the driver announced from his Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon.

The cockpit of the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet will be a revolving door for the next few months following the dismissal of driver JR Hildebrand late last week. Hildebrand was fired by team owner John Barnes following a series of mishaps, including one on the fourth lap of last month's Indianapolis 500.

Free agent Ryan Briscoe drove for the team over the weekend and finished 21st and 13th, but his American Le Mans Series commitments has left the team in search of another driver for the next few weeks. Servia will compete for the team this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway as well as the June 21 event at Iowa Speedway.

Barnes has said that he wants to use the remainder of this season to try out drivers for next season.

Servia was a full-time driver up until this season and just recently became available when his team, Panther DRR stopped competing due to a lack of funding. Panther DRR is the rebranded Dreyer & Reinbold Racing which still hopes to return by 2014.

The team has also discussed adding AJ Allmendinger and Carlos Munoz to the mix following their successful debuts at Indianapolis.

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