CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Patrick Racing pre-race notes

*Oriol Servia is coming off a 16TH place showing last week in Vancouver. It was just the second time this year that Servia has not finished in the points. He has placed in the top-six in seven of his last eight races, including top-five showings...

*Oriol Servia is coming off a 16TH place showing last week in Vancouver. It was just the second time this year that Servia has not finished in the points. He has placed in the top-six in seven of his last eight races, including top-five showings in five of the last eight and placed in the points in nine of the 11 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 11 races this year. The 11 straight top-10 starting positions are a CART career high.

*This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*The 2003 Grand Prix at Road America will be Servia's 65th career CART start and 22nd for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*This will be Servia's fourth start at Road America. He qualified 14th and finished 10th in 2000, started 16th and placed 10th in 2001 and started ninth and finished 16th in 2002.

*In 64 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 and Cleveland in 2003.

*In 21 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 qualifying position is fourth at Monterrey, Brands Hatch and Cleveland in 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 Road America:

Patrick Racing will be making its 30th start at Elkhart Lake. In 29 previous starts the team has qualified in the top-10 a total of 18 times. Their best starting position is fourth (Andretti - '82; Cogan - '86; Fittipaldi - '88 and Pruett - '98). The team has 14 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and two wins (Fittipaldi - '86 and '88).

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).

Television Times:

The Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America will be shown on the HDNet high-definition broadcast system. The broadcast will offer more than 12 hours of live and original programming including practice and qualifying on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 in addition to all the action on race day, August 3.

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Mario Andretti , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock