JUSTIN, Texas - Improvement was the key word today for Oriol Servia and Sigma Autosport, as the sophomore driver from Pals, Catalonia, Spain, ran in the Champ Car practices at the Texas Motor Speedway. Servia drove his Sigma Autosport ...
JUSTIN, Texas - Improvement was the key word today for Oriol Servia and Sigma Autosport, as the sophomore driver from Pals, Catalonia, Spain, ran in the Champ Car practices at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Servia drove his Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth to a fast time of 23.282 seconds for a top speed of 229.156 miles per hour around the 1.482-mile superspeedway. That was an improvement over his morning time of 23.332 (228.664 mph). Overall, Servia had the 13th quickest time of the afternoon session and 16th of the day.
Counting the morning practices, Servia did a total of 117 laps.
Servia also has a unique set of eyes watching him from above. Sigma Autosport team owner Tom Wierenga, is serving as Servia's race spotter throughout the practice sessions and for the race on Sunday. Wierenga, of Oakbrook, Ill., founded the team this season and has raced as an owner/driver in the CART sanctioned Toyota/Atlantic Series.
Qualifying for the Firestone Firehawk 600 begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.
"To tell you the truth, I've run for about three hours and I'm still surprised at how fast we go. Usually you go to a track and after ten minutes you are used to the speed. I'm not used to it yet. We have to be very careful because of the wall and you constantly have to pay attention. We'll keep working on the car's set up so I'll have a safe and quick car to drive tomorrow."
On whether Texas Motor Speedway reminds him of any track he has raced on: "It's hard to say. At Fontana (California Speedway) you seem to go faster, yet at the same time everything seems to be in slow motion. Here, you have the feeling of going 300 miles an hour! - Oriol Servia, Driver