CHAMPCAR/CART: Oriol Servia pre-season testing wrap-up

Oriol Servia Confident Following Pre-Season Testing Miami, FL (February 28, 2002) - Oriol Servia and PWR Championship Racing concluded pre-season testing this week at Homestead, Miami, and are pleased with the progress made as the team prepares...

Oriol Servia Confident Following Pre-Season Testing

Miami, FL (February 28, 2002) - Oriol Servia and PWR Championship Racing concluded pre-season testing this week at Homestead, Miami, and are pleased with the progress made as the team prepares for the start of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series.

Servia, in his #17 Toyota Lola, logged 41 laps on his first day and 81 laps on day two at the 2.2-mile road course, posting a best time of 1:07.5.

The off-season has presented changes for the native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, but Servia is optimistic as he heads into his third year of CART FedEx competition.

"Considering all the changes during the off-season, I've had a fantastic testing season," said Servia. "I was presented with more testing opportunities than I have had in the past. We completed a race simulation on day two at Homestead, which I've never done before. It was good for me to see how the car will actually react during a race before I head to Monterrey."

Before Servia and his PWR team headed to Homestead, the 27-year old also had the opportunity to test during CART Sneak Preview at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Servia, who was fourth quickest, clocked a time of 1:09.700 (115.593 mph) on the 2.238-mile road course. Cristiano da Matta was the quickest putting in a lap of 1:08:981 (116.797 mph).

"Overall we had a very good test at Laguna Seca," added Servia. "Over the two days of testing we definitely picked up the pace and by the end of the weekend, I was very pleased with the car. The entire pre-season testing has been very useful and productive for me."

The #17 PWR crew is back in Indianapolis finalizing preparations for the CART FedEx Championship Series opener in Monterrey, Mexico, on March 10, 2002, which will be broadcast live on Speed Channel at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta