Motegi, Japan - Oriol Servia started the 201-lap Bridgestone Potenza 500 at the back of the grid and drove a long and hard race, finishing in sixth position. Servia continued to gain spots on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval with nine quick pit...
Motegi, Japan - Oriol Servia started the 201-lap Bridgestone Potenza 500 at the back of the grid and drove a long and hard race, finishing in sixth position. Servia continued to gain spots on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval with nine quick pit stops and turned a fast lap of 27.026 seconds (153.490 mph).
Teammate Scott Dixon started 15th on the grid and finished in 9th position after some bad timing in the pits. The 2001 Rookie of the Year also made nine pit stops and turned a quick lap of 27.040 (152.757 mph).
Oriol Servia (#17 PWR Toyota Lola Bridgestone)
"It was definitely a good way to end a very long week. We had very good car for the race, the best car we've had since arriving in Japan. We still need to work on things because starting at the back on ovals is not good because you can get lapped so quickly. We had some really good pit stops and my crew made absolutely no mistakes. We were very quick in the pits and were able to pick up positions. At the start I took a bit a refuel - it paid off because I passed quite a few cars. It was a decent race for us, finishing sixth and bringing home some points. It's only the third race, so there's still a long way to go. We need to continue making points."
Scott Dixon (#7 PWR Toyota Lola Bridgestone)
"The race was going pretty well for me until we had some problems on my fourth pit stop. I had to come right back in and then the track immediately went green, so we went a lap down on the cars we were competing with. We definitely should have finished the race a lot further up, but we made some points and we need to keep at it because there's still a long season ahead of us."
Next up for PWR Championship Racing is Round Four of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series at the Milwaukee Mile on June 2.