CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: Patrick Racing preview

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#20 - Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

*Oriol Servia has qualified in the top-10 at the first three events of the 2003 season. He started ninth in St. Petersburg, fourth in Monterrey and eighth in Long Beach. This is the first time in his CART career that Servia has qualified in the top-10 in three consecutive races. Servia has finished in the points in two of the first three events placing 12th at St. Petersburg and Long Beach. He is 18th in the championship standings with two points.

*The 2003 CART World Series season is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*The 2003 London Champ Car Trophy will be Servia's 57th career CART start and 14th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*Servia is competing with his fourth different CART team. He drove for PPI Motorsports in 2000, Sigma Autosports in 2001 and PWR Racing for three races in 2002 before joining Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final ten events of the season.

*In 56 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 23 top-ten finishes including six top-five showings (Third, Detroit - 2000; Fourth, Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002). His best finish is the podium performance at the 2000 Detroit Grand Prix.

*Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is third at Texas in 2001 (race was cancelled). His highest starting position is fourth at Nazareth in 2001 and Monterrey in 2003.

*Servia has finished in the points in six of his 13 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing with four top-10 finishes and two top-five performances (Fourth, Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, Fontana - 2002).

*Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is fourth at Rockingham in 2002. His best qualifying position for the team is fourth at Monterrey in 2003.

*Servia, 28, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

*Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing Has Experience At Brands Hatch:

Visteon/Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee was the Chief Mechanic for Rick Mears when he won the USAC event held on the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch short course in 1978. In addition, Visteon/Patrick Racing's Director of Operations, Steve Krisiloff, competed for Patrick Racing at Brands Hatch in 1978. Krisiloff qualified his car 12th, but had to switch to another team's backup car for the race. The backup car immediately developed mechanical problems, so Krisiloff did not start the race.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is entering his 44th year of Champ Car competition, has amassed the most victories by a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 89. His record includes four Indianapolis 500 titles and nine national championships. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year of competition in 2002. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Television Times:

Brands Hatch will be run on Monday, May 5, at 1:00 PM in England. It will be televised tape delayed on CBS on Saturday, May 10, at 1:00 PM (ET). CBS will air a pre-race show on Sunday, May 4 at 12:00 PM (ET).

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Rick Mears , Emerson Fittipaldi