Rahal Letterman Racing has confirmed that it will run Oriol Servia in this year's Indianapolis 500.
The team, which won the 2004 race with Buddy Rice, has been unable to put together a full-season programme for the IndyCar Series, but had always been determined to return for Indy, even though it was not ready for the first weekend of qualifying.
Team boss Bobby Rahal is confident that Servia will be competitive despite his late start to the month.
"We have worked very hard all year in order to put this programme together for the Indianapolis 500 and we feel like we have a package that will allow us to go to Indy and perform well," Rahal said.
"The team's experience, combined with a veteran talent like Oriol, should give us everything we need to be competitive throughout the event."
Servia also started this season on the sidelines, having lost his KV Racing drive when the team scaled back to a single car.
"Sometimes being stubborn is not such a bad thing," said the Spaniard, who was the highest-placed Champ Car convert in last year's IndyCar standings.
"I had a great season last year and I feel I am at the top of my game. Although the season started without me having a ride I knew that if I was patient enough something good would happen.
"I am really excited to announce this opportunity I have been given to participate in the greatest race in the world with one of the best teams in open wheel history. I have raced many years against the Rahal Letterman team and makes me very proud to be finally part of it."