*Oriol Servia finished 18TH last week at Road America. It is the second consecutive race he has not finished in the points. Servia has placed in the top-six in seven of his last nine races, including top-five showings in five of the last nine. He has finished in the points in nine of the 12 races this year. Servia is sixth in the standings with 76 points.
*Servia has earned a single season high five top-five finishes including a CART career best second place finish (Milwaukee). He has set personal CART career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. Servia has started in the top-10 in all 12 races this year. The 12 straight top-10 starting positions are also a CART career high.
*This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.
*The 2003 Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will be Servia's 66th career CART start and 23rd for Visteon/Patrick Racing.
*This will be Servia's fourth start at Mid-Ohio. He qualified 17th and finished 10th in 2000, started 26th and placed ninth in 2001 and started 12th and finished 10th in 2002 (his second start for Visteon/Patrick Racing).
*In 65 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 30 top-ten finishes including 11 top-five showings (second, Milwaukee - 2003; third, Detroit - 2000; fourth, Rockingham - 2002, Brands Hatch - 2003; fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003) with two podium performances. His best finish is second at Milwuakee - 2003.
*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, Monterrey, Brands Hatch, Cleveland and Elkhart Lake in 2003.
*In 22 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 11 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 14 times with 11 top-10 finishes, seven top-five showings and one podium performance (second, Milwaukee - 2003; fourth, Brands Hatch - 2003, Rockingham - 2002; fifth, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003).
*Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is second at Milwaukee (2003). His best starting position is fourth at Monterrey, Brands Hatch, Cleveland and Elkhart Lake (2003).
*Servia is competing with his fourth 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 2002 season.
*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 History At Mid-Ohio:
Patrick Racing will be making its 27th start at Mid-Ohio. In 26 previous races the team has qualified in the top-10 a total of 13 times with a best starting position of third (Emerson Fittipaldi - '86). They have 17 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and two wins (Fittipaldi - '88 and Adrian Fernandez in -98). In 1998 the team placed one/two with Scott Pruett, in the Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, finishing second.
McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is in 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.
Patrick Racing Facts:
Patrick Racing enters its 31st year in 2003. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indy 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing's last pole came at Australia in 2001 with Roberto Moreno. The team's last win was at Vancouver in 2001 also with Moreno. Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).
The Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will be televised live on Speed Channel on Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 1:30 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also air qualifying on Saturday, August 9, beginning at 4:00 PM (ET).
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