Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia heads to England for "home" race. JACKSON, MI - - SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to have an impressive performance at what amounts to a "home" race this ...
Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia heads to England for "home" race.
JACKSON, MI - - SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to have an impressive performance at what amounts to a "home" race this weekend at the Rockingham 500 at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England.
Servia, who originally joined the team to pilot the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, 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.
The 28-year-old resident of Miami, Florida, who has been competitive in every event he has contested this year, is hoping to shake off the "bad luck" that has plagued him during his brief tenure with Visteon/Patrick Racing in front of the many friends and family he expects to make the trip from his native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain.
"Rockingham is like a home race for me because it is the closest circuit to Catalonia where the FedEx Championship Series competes," Servia said. "I have a lot of friends and family coming to the race, so it would be very special for me if the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a strong performance and broke through to the next level with all of them in attendance."
Servia went on to say, "The team has worked very hard to make the car competitive the last five races, but we have run into some bad luck. Now we have to make the adjustment to an oval and try and achieve the results we know we are capable of. The Visteon/Patrick Racing engineering staff has some excellent ideas on how to setup the car for Rockingham and I am curious to see how the Reynard chassis reacts. Because of the strong working relationship we have established over the last five races I am very confident that we can be successful this weekend. We just have to keep working hard and things will start going our way."
Servia, who is in his third CART season (48 starts), will be making his sixth start for Visteon/Patrick Racing, ninth of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season and second at Rockingham. He began the year running the first three races with Pac West Racing then sat out the next six events before making his debut with Visteon/Patrick Racing in Vancouver. Servia has finished in the points in five of his eight starts this year and in the top-ten three times including a season best sixth place showing in Japan. He is currently 19th in the championship race with 18 points.
Last year, at the inaugural Rockingham 500, Servia started 18th (starting grid was based on points because rain cancelled qualifying) and finished tenth. Visteon/Patrick Racing ran three cars at last year's event. Jimmy Vasser finished seventh, Townsend Bell, 12th and Roberto Moreno, 13th).
The Rockingham 500 will be televised live on Saturday, September 14 from 8:30 - 11:00 AM (ET) on Speed Channel. The pre-race show will air from 8:00 - 8:30 AM (ET). Speed Channel will also televise Friday, September 13, qualifying live on tape from 4:30 - 6:00 PM (ET) and CART Friday Night on tape from 10:30 - 11:00 PM (ET).