CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Patrick Racing pre-race notes

With just three races remaining in the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia is looking to produce some top results beginning with this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the temporary street circuit in Surfer's...

With just three races remaining in the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia is looking to produce some top results beginning with this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the temporary street circuit in Surfer's Paradise, Australia.

*The 2002 Honda Indy 300 will be Servia's 51st career CART start, eighth for Visteon/Patrick Racing and 11th of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

*Servia has finished in the points in six of his ten starts this year and in the top-ten four times with a best showing of fourth place at Rockingham, England. He is 18th in the championship standings with 30 points.

*Servia ran the first three races of the 2002 season with Pac West Racing. He then sat out the next six contests before signing with Visteon/Patrick Racing. After a five-race trial, Servia had his contract extended for the remainder of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

*This will be Servia's third Champ Car start in Australia. In 2000 he started 14th and finished ninth. In 2001 he started 12th and finished 25th.

*The 2002 FedEx Championship Series season is Servia's third CART 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 Australia:
Patrick Racing has a tremendous record on the streets of Surfer's Paradise, Australia. In 13 previous races they have qualified in the top-ten seven times with one pole (Roberto Moreno last year). They have finished in the top-ten 10 times, with seven top-five showings including two wins (Scott Pruett - 1997 and Adrian Fernandez - 2000).

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:
Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee is the most successful Manager/Chief Mechanic in USAC Championship Car (Indy Car)/CART history. He has 89 victories including four at the Indianapolis 500 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 a least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's-00).

Patrick Racing Facts:
Patrick Racing enters its 30th year of competition in 2002 as one of the most successful teams in USAC Championship Car/CART history. Patrick drivers have started 758 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.

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Emerson Fittipaldi