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Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia finishes third at Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. DENVER, COLORADO - SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2003 -- Round ...

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia finishes third at Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.

DENVER, COLORADO - SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2003 -- Round #15 - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia earned his second consecutive podium appearance by finishing third today at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Servia, who qualified the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford/Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, a CART career high tying second, ran second for the first 32 laps of the race. After getting an outstanding pit stop from his Visteon/Patrick Racing crew, the 29-year-old Spaniard beat pole-sitter Bruno Junqueira out of the pits and on lap 33 became the only driver other than Junqueira to lead the two-year old Denver Grand Prix. Servia led the next 30 laps until the second round of pit stops on lap 62. Following the second stop Servia exited the pits in third place and despite both his and the team's best efforts remained there until the checkered flag.

"This was a very difficult race," Servia said. "The track, instead of getting better just got more slippery," he noted. "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team fought hard today. During the first stint I was pushing Bruno (Junqueira) as hard as I could. Then the Visteon/Patrick Racing crew had a great first pit stop and we took the lead. During the second stint I was building up a little bit of a lead, but we couldn't hold the lead during the second pit stop," he explained. "I thought we could win this race, but only one team can win and the Newman/Haas cars were very strong today. We fought as hard as we could and I am very pleased that we finished on the podium," Servia concluded

Today's third place finish added a couple of new entries to a string of personal records that Servia has established this season. He has now finished on the podium in consecutive races for the first time in his four- year CART career having place second last weekend in Montreal. In addition, the 30 laps he led are the most in his 68 CART career starts.

Servia, who is in his second season with Visteon/Patrick Racing, has also set CART career marks for: highest qualifying position, second at Montreal and Denver; consecutive front row starting positions, two, Montreal and Denver; single season top-five starting positions, six; and consecutive top- 10 starts, 15. He is also the only driver to have qualified in the top-10 in every race this season.

The resident of Miami, Florida has also earned his CART career best finish placing second twice (Milwaukee and Montreal). He has established single season CART career marks for top-10 finishes with nine, top-five showings, seven and podium performances, three. Servia has also set career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. The resident of Miami, Florida has finished in the points in 11 of the 15 races this year and placed in the top-six in nine of his last 12 events. He is sixth in the championship standings with 108 points.

In his 68 CART starts, Servia has earned 32 top-ten finishes including 13 top-five showings with four podium performances. In 25 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 15 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 16 times with 13 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and three podium performances.

Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is a test at Sebring on September 9-10.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Oriol Servia