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Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia seeks to end 2002 season with strong performances. JACKSON, MI - - OCTOBER 23, 2002 - - With just three races remaining in the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia...

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia seeks to end 2002 season with strong performances.

JACKSON, MI - - OCTOBER 23, 2002 - - 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.

Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, has had some very competitive performances since joining Visteon/Patrick Racing at the end of July. The 28-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, who began the year running the first three races with Pac West Racing, has finished in the points in six of his ten starts this year and in the top-ten four times. His best showing is a fourth place finish at Rockingham, England.

"There are just three races left in the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season and I am looking forward to producing some good results for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team in these final races," Servia began. "We have been working hard and gotten close a couple of times, but we haven't been able to finish where we wanted," he noted. "The layouts of all three of the remaining tracks are good for the Reynard chassis. Now it is just a matter of putting everything we have learned together so we can go for the win or at least a podium finish," Servia explained.

Commenting on the up coming race in Australia, Servia said, "I am looking forward to racing in Australia. This is always one of the best races of the season. The atmosphere is fantastic.lots of fans and excitement and it is always a good race. I am going to Australia early with some of the other drivers to enjoy the country for a couple of days, do some site seeing and prepare for the race."

The Honda Indy 300 will be televised live on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12:00 AM (ET) on Speed Channel. The pre-race show will begin at 11:30 PM (ET) on Saturday, Oct. 26. Speed Channel will also air Friday, Oct. 25, Qualifying from 12:00 - 1:30 AM (ET), CART Friday Night from 11:00 - 11:30 AM (ET) and Saturday, Oct. 26, Qualifying on Friday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM (ET).

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

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