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Patrick Racing Driver: Oriol Servia ...

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Driver: Oriol Servia
#20 - Visteon/Patrick Racing

*Oriol Servia, who originally joined Visteon/Patrick Racing at the end of July for a five-race trial, had his contract extended early last week for the remainder of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

*Servia makes his sixth start for Visteon/Patrick Racing and ninth of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season this weekend at the Rockingham 500.

*In five starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, Servia has been very competitive, however, "bad luck" has prevented him from finishing among the leaders. In his Visteon/Patrick Racing debut in Vancouver he was running in ninth place when a mechanical problem knocked him from the race. At Mid-Ohio, Servia had the fastest lap for much of the race and was looking at a possible top-six finish, however, yellow flags foiled a solid pit strategy and he finished tenth. At Road America, Servia qualified a season high ninth. He was running as high as fifth, with the fourth fastest lap, when a fuel pressure problem robbed him of a top-five finish. In Montreal, Servia was as high as third on the practice reports but, had an engine let go in final qualifying. In the race he was running in 12th place when a half shaft broke following his first pit stop. In Denver, Servia was running as high as seventh when he began experiencing a problem with second gear. His race was further hampered by a late yellow flag and he finished 11th.

*Servia ran the first three races of the 2002 season with Pac West Racing. Then sat out the next six contests before signing with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*Servia is 19th in the championship standings with 18 points. He has finished in the points in five of his eight starts this year and in the top-ten three times. Servia's best result this year is a sixth place showing in Japan.

*The 2002 FedEx Championship Series season is Servia's third CART season.

*The 2002 Rockingham 500 will be Servia's 49th career CART start.

*In 48 career CART starts Servia's has 14 top-ten finishes with three top-five showings. His best finish is third at Detroit in 2000 (fifth - Vancouver and Germany in 2001).

*This will be Servia's second start at Rockingham. Last year, at the inaugural Rockingham 500, Servia started 18th and finished tenth.

*Visteon/Patrick Racing ran three cars at the inaugrual Rockingham 500. Jimmy Vasser finished seventh, Townsend Bell, 12th and Roberto Moreno, 13th.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Townsend Bell