CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Patrick Racing preview

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia has momentum heading into Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 7, 2003 - - Round 13 - - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford - Visteon/Patrick...

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia has momentum heading into Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver

JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 7, 2003 - - Round 13 - - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to take advantage of the momentum gained from last Sunday's second place performance in Montreal at this weekend's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver on the temporary street circuit in Denver, Colorado.

Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford-Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, ended a three-race scoreless streak with his CART career high tying runner- up finish last weekend. The talented 29-year-old Spaniard, who dominated the practice sessions and captured the provisional pole, started the race a CART career high second. He never ran lower than fifth and, with the help of some outstanding pit-work from his Visteon/Patrick Racing crew, equaled his best career finish achieved earlier this year in Milwaukee. Servia, who earned a total of 17 points in Montreal, 16 for the second place finish plus one for the provisional pole, moved back into sixth place in the championship standings with 93 points.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a good performance in Montreal," Servia said. "I was hoping to do a little better, but it was still a good finish especially after the results we had in the three previous races," he noted. "The strong showing in Montreal gives us a lot of momentum heading into the Denver race."

Servia will be making his second start in Denver. Last year, in his fifth start for Visteon/Patrick Racing, he qualified 13th and finished 11th at the inaugural Grand Prix of Denver.

"The Denver street circuit is short and last year it was definitely too bumpy, but I really enjoyed the race," Servia said. "I know they have been working very hard to improve the circuit and according to the drivers that have been on the new surface it is much smoother and has more grip. That should really make the race more exciting for both the drivers and the fans," he noted. Servia went on to say, "Even thought Denver is a different type of track than Montreal, I think the gains the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team made, and the confidence we gained, in Montreal should help us contend for another podium finish this weekend in Denver."

Servia, who is having a career year, has established a number of personal CART career records already this season. In addition to the CART career high second place performances at Milwaukee and Montreal, he has set a single season mark with six top-five finishes. Additionally, Servia has set career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. The resident of Miami, Florida has also qualified in the top-10 a career high 14 times making him the only driver to have started in the top-10 in every race this year. Servia has scored points in ten of the 14 races this year and finished in the top-six in eight of his last 11 events.

Now in his fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing, Servia will be making his 68th career CART start and 25th for the team this weekend in Denver. He has earned 31 top-ten finishes including 12 top-five showings with three podium performances in his 67 previous CART events. In his 24 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 14 this year, Servia has finished in the points 15 times with 12 top-10 finishes, eight top-five showings and two podiums.

The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will be televised tape delay on Speed Channel on Sunday, August 31, at 9:30 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 9:00 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also air qualifying live on Saturday, August 30, beginning at 3:30 PM (ET).

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