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Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia seeks change in luck at this weekend's Shell Grand Prix of Denver. JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 28, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will try and change his racing luck this weekend at the Shell...

Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia seeks change in luck at this weekend's Shell Grand Prix of Denver.

JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 28, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will try and change his racing luck this weekend at the Shell Grand Prix of Denver on the temporary street circuit in Denver, Colorado.

Servia, who pilots the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, has been competitive in every race. However, a series of incidents have conspired to prevent him from capitalizing on the speed and talent he has demonstrated since joining the team at the end of July.

In his debut at Vancouver, the 28-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain was in ninth place and moving up when a mechanical problem knocked him from the competition placing him 14th. The next week In Mid-Ohio, Servia was consistently in the top-ten on the speed charts, but had his qualifying effort hampered by red flags and traffic. Starting 12th he had the fastest lap for much of the race and was looking at a possible top-six finish. However yellow flags foiled a solid pit strategy and he finished tenth. At Road America, the resident of Miami, Florida qualified ninth. He then drove an outstanding race running as high as fifth and had the fourth fastest lap. This time it was a fuel pressure problem that robbed him of a top-five finish and dropped him into 16th place. Last week in Montreal, Servia was in the top-six on the practice reports in every session. Then in final qualifying he had an engine let go. Starting 14th he was on the move from the opening lap. Running in 12th place he came in for his first pit stop. Upon exiting the pits he had a half shaft break. What made the incident even more bizarre was the fact that this was the first time since the 80's that anyone can remember a Patrick Racing car having that problem.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has made progress every weekend, but we have just run into some back luck," Servia said. "I have been around racing for a while and I know these things happen, but it is a shame because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has been very competitive. Especially last weekend when I honestly thought we were going to be on the podium. I know it is racing, but it is a shame," he noted. Servia went on to say, "With all the hard work that everyone, the engineers, mechanics, Jim McGee, Mr. Patrick and I have put in, I know we will achieve our goal, which is to get to the next level and win races. Hopefully, it will happen this weekend in Denver."

Servia will be making his fifth start for Visteon/Patrick Racing and eighth of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season. He has finished in the points in four of his seven starts this year and in the top-ten three times including a season best sixth place showing in Japan. Servia is currently 19th in the championship race with 16 points.

The Shell Grand Prix of Denver will be televised live on Sunday, September 1 at 3:00 PM (ET) on Speed Channel. The pre-race show will air from 2:30 - 3:00 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also televise Friday, August 30, qualifying live from 4:00 - 5:30 PM (ET) and Saturday, August 31, qualifying live from 3:30 - 5:00 PM (ET)

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