CHAMPCAR/CART: St. Pete: Patrick Racing preview

Oriol Servia returns to pilot the ...

Oriol Servia returns to pilot the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford/Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis and Bridgestone tires, during the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.

Servia ran the first three races of 2002 with PacWest Racing before signing with Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final 10 events. He finished in the points in eight of his 13 starts and five of ten with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Sevia scored six top-ten showings; four coming with Visteon/Patrick Racing, including two top-five finishes. He placed 16th in the championship standings with 44 points.

*The 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford is Servia's fourth Champ Car season.

*The 2003 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be Servia's 54th career Champ Car start and 11th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*In 53 previous Champ Car starts Servia has earned 23 top-ten finishes including six top-five (Third, Detroit - 2000; Fourth, Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001 and Fontana - 2002) and one podium.

*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 Signs New Sponsor:

U. E. "Pat" Patrick announced on Thursday, February 20 that Infineon Technologies has joined Visteon/Patrick Racing as a major associate sponsor.

Infineon Technologies AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. The company achieved total sales in fiscal year 2002 of Euro 5.21 billion. It is now the world's second largest supplier of chips used in automotive systems, including key components for anti-lock brakes and air-bag controllers, intelligent engine control, GPS location and advanced telematics systems that enhance safety and provide new in-car entertainment options. Further information is available at www.infineon.com

Visteon/Patrick Racing Personnel Changes for 2003:

During the off-season Visteon/Patrick Racing made some key personnel changes. Among them, veteran race engineer Steve Challis became the team's Director of Engineering. In addition, Don Oldenburg, who has been with the team since 1997, assumed the responsibilities of Crew Chief.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is the most successful Manager/Chief Mechanic in Champ Car history. McGee, who is entering 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. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year of competition in 2002 as one of the most successful teams in Champ Car history. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART. Considered one of the premier teams, Patrick Racing is owned and led by one of the most respected names in motorsports, U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Visteon Corporation:

The 2003 season marks the sixth year of Patrick Racing's alliance with Visteon Corporation. Visteon Corporation is a leading full-service supplier that delivers consumer-driven technology solutions to automotive manufacturers worldwide and through multiple channels within the global automotive aftermarket. Visteon has approximately 79,000 employees and a global delivery system of more than 180 technical, manufacturing, sales, and service facilities located in 25 countries.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Gordon Johncock