CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Patrick Racing race report

Visteon/Patrick Racing finishes in top-five for second consecutive race Servia places fifth at German 500 LAUSITZ, GERMANY - SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2003 -- Round ...

Visteon/Patrick Racing finishes in top-five for second consecutive race
Servia places fifth at German 500

LAUSITZ, GERMANY - SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2003 -- Round #5 - 2003 CART Champ Car World Series Season Presented By Bridgestone and Powered by Ford - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia finished in the top-five for the second consecutive race placing fifth at the German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, in Lausitz, Germany.

Servia qualified the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford/Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis and Bridgestone tires, seventh for the German 500. The top-10 starting position was a CART career high fifth in a row for the native of Spain. Driving a very competitive race and getting outstanding pit work from his Visteon/Patrick Racing crew, Servia battle with the lead cars throughout the 154-lap event. He ran consistently in the top-five reaching as high as second. The fifth place finish was worth ten points and moved Servia into the top-10 in the championship standings for the first time this season, at No. 10, with 24 points.

"The German 500 was a very competitive race and a great race for the fans," Servia said. "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team battled with the leaders throughout the race and the crew did a great job in the pits. I thought I had a chance to finish a little higher, but toward the end of the race I was passing another car and lost my draft. I regained control of the car, but by then it was two late to recover the momentum I needed," he explained.

Servia, who went to Europe in 18th place in the championship race with just two points, scored 22 points and jumped eight places in the standings based on his performances at Brands Hatch, where he finished fourth and EuroSpeedway. He is just 10 points out of sixth place.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had two good performances in Europe," Servia said. "We scored a lot of points and moved up several places in the championship standings. However, we are still not happy with our results. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team is capable of winning races and contending for the championship. We just have to keep working hard and improving," he noted.

Servia, who has consistently been among the fastest drivers this season, has scored points in four of the five races this year. In addition to his fourth place showing at Brands Hatch and fifth place performance in Germany, he has finished 12th at St. Petersburg and Long Beach.

In 15 races with Visteon/Patrick Racing over two seasons, the resident of Miami, Florida has now had nine points paying performances, placing in the top-10 six times including four top-five finishes (fourth, Rockingham - 2002 and Brands Hatch - 2003; fifth, Fontana - 2002 and Germany 2003). He has notched eight top-five showings and finished in the points 25th times in 58 CART career events.

His best finish is a third place performance at Detroit in 2000.

Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is the Milwauke Mile 250 on the one-mile Milwaukee Mile oval in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 29-31. The Milwaukee Mile 250 will be the first time that CART cars have run at night under the lights.

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

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Series IndyCar
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