CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Patrick Racing pre-race notes

* Oriol Servia, who is coming off a season high fourth place showing at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England, will be looking to keep the momentum going this weekend at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida. * The fourth place finish is ...

* Oriol Servia, who is coming off a season high fourth place showing at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England, will be looking to keep the momentum going this weekend at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida.

* The fourth place finish is Servia's best performance in six races with Visteon/Patrick Racing. It is also the second highest (Third - Detroit - 2000), fourth top-five (Detroit - 2000, fifth Vancouver and Germany in 2001) and 15th top-ten finish of his 49-race CART career. The fourth place finish tied the best performance for Visteon/Patrick Racing this season (Townsend Bell - Portland).

* Servia is 18th in the championship standings with 30 points. He has finished in the points in six of his nine starts this year and in the top-ten four times.

* Servia will be making his 50th career CART start, seventh for Visteon/Patrick Racing and tenth of the 2002 season this weekend in Miami.

* The 2002 FedEx Championship Series season is Servia's third CART season.

* Servia ran the first three races of the 2002 season with Pac West Racing. He then sat out the next six contests before signing with Visteon/Patrick Racing. After a five-race trial, Servia had his contract extended for the remainder of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

* In his six starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, Servia has been very competitive; however, until England, "bad luck" prevented him from finishing among the leaders. In his Visteon/Patrick Racing debut in Vancouver he was running in ninth place when a mechanical problem knocked him from the race placing him 14th. At Mid-Ohio, Servia 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 Elkhart Lake, Servia qualified a season high ninth. He was running as high as fifth, with the fourth fastest lap, when a fuel pressure problem robbed him of a top-five showing. He finished in 16th place. In Montreal, Servia was as high as third on the practice reports but had an engine let go in final qualifying. In the race he was running in 12th place when a half shaft broke following his first pit stop dropping him to 16th. At Denver, Servia was running as high as seventh when he began experiencing a problem with second gear. His race was further hampered by a late yellow flag and he finished 11th. Servia broke through in England with the solid fourth place performance and is looking to continue to improve in the final four races of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

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

* Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is the most successful Manager/Chief Mechanic in USAC Championship Car (Indy Car)/CART history. He has 89 victories including four at the Indianapolis 500 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 a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 30th year of competition in 2002 as one of the most successful teams in USAC Championship Car/CART history. Patrick drivers have started 758 races, earning 45 victories including three Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Townsend Bell , Emerson Fittipaldi