Oriol Servia is coming off a CART career high tying second place finish last weekend at the Molson Indy Montreal. Servia, who started a CART career high second, equaled a runner-up performance earlier this year in Milwaukee. He also ended a three-race scoreless streak. Servia has finished in the points in ten of the 14 races this year and place in the top-six in eight of his last 11 events. He is sixth in the championship standings with 76 points.
Servia has set a number of personal CART career records this season. He has earned a single season high six top-five finishes including a CART career best second place finishes at Milwaukee and Montreal. He has set 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 a CART career high 14 consecutive races including the career high second place starting position in Montreal. He is the only driver to start in the top-10 in all 14 races this year.
This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.
The 2003 Grand Prix of Denver will be Servia's 68th career CART start and 25th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.
This will be Servia's second start in Denver. He qualified 13th and finished 11th in last year's inaugural event.
In 67 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 31 top-ten finishes including 12 top- five showings (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 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 three podium performances. His best finish is second at Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003.
Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is second at Montreal in 2003.
In 24 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 14 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 15 times with 12 top-10 finishes, eight top-five showings and two podium performance (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 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 and Montreal (2003). His best starting position is second in Montreal (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:
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 Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will be televised tape delay on Speed Channel on Sunday, August 31, at 9:30 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 9:00 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also air qualifying live on Saturday, August 30, beginning at 3:30 PM (ET).