Servia Narrowly Misses Victory on His Way to a Third Place Finish San Jose, California -- July 29, 2007- Oriol Servia put on an impressive show today at the San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway where he scored a third place finish after ...
Servia Narrowly Misses Victory on His Way to a Third Place Finish
San Jose, California -- July 29, 2007- Oriol Servia put on an impressive show today at the San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway where he scored a third place finish after leading the most laps (42) and narrowly missed the victory after a faulty pit stop. Paul Tracy also showed the strength of the Forsythe Team after running with the top three for most of the race but a radio problem caused him to stay out a lap too long and run out of fuel, which put him down two laps but he still managed to finish in the 11th position.
Servia, who qualified fourth, moved into the lead on lap four and began a race long battle with Neel Jani in which they exchanged the lead through on track passes twice at the Turn one hairpin. The Spaniard came in for his second pit stop while leading on lap 77 but had to give up two positions after a faulty pit stop which took a few of seconds longer than expected. For the remainder of the race Servia tried to recover the lost positions but had to settle for third in this tight temporary circuit.
After struggling in qualifying Tracy knew that he would have to be aggressive to improve from his 11th starting position, and that is exactly what he did on the start where he passed five cars on the outside of the hairpin moving him up to sixth. The 2003 Champion moved up to third on lap four and ran comfortably with the leaders for the next 70 laps. A radio problem on lap 75 prevented the Canadian from hearing the instructions to come into the pits and forced him to do an extra lap. He came only a few feet short from making it around to pitlane before running out of fuel and loosing two laps. He would go on to finish eleventh.
Seventh in Championship with 146 Points
"I think all weekend we were very strong. We definitely had, I'd say, I'd say one of the top two cars every session. We did all right in Toronto, you know. I thought we had the race there. But, you know, only the last lap counts. In Edmonton we gained lots of spots in the pit stops. Today we had a problem with the air gun and we lost two spots in the pits at the end. It hurts because it was the win. Anyway, Neel and Robert, they were both very strong. I think it was a question of whoever was in the lead after all the fuel savings, and who had clean air was just going to win. You know, I think was pretty easy for Robert at the end."
11th in Championship with 113 Points
"It's disappointing, we had a solid fourth place finish and we lost it. I made a great start, I passed a bunch of cars on the outside coming into the hairpin. Then before the last pit stop we lost radio transmission and I couldn't hear what the team was saying. I never heard the radio transmission when they were calling me in so I went a lap longer and that was it, we ran out of fuel."
Forsythe Championship Racing and the Champ Car World Series will now head to the picturesque Road America Track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - August 10-12 for the Generac Grand Prix.