CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Patrick Racing Saturday qualifying report

Visteon/Patrick Racing has disappointing final qualifying. at inaugural Shell Grand Prix Of Denver. DENVER, COLORADO -- SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2002 -- Round ...

Visteon/Patrick Racing has disappointing final qualifying. at inaugural Shell Grand Prix Of Denver.

DENVER, COLORADO -- SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2002 -- Round #14 of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series - Visteon/Patrick Racing had a disappointing final qualifying session today at the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver on the temporary street circuit in Denver, Colorado.

Driver Oriol Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, began the day seventh on the grid following yesterday's provisional qualifying with a fast time of 63.158 seconds (93.882 mph). In this afternoon's final qualifying he improved his time, running a quick lap of 62.476 seconds (94.904), but so did the rest of the field. As a result, Servia dropped six places to 13th on the starting grid for tomorrow's race.

"It was a disappointing day for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team," Servia said. "We were seventh on the grid yesterday and we dropped to 13th today. It was a difficult qualifying session. We didn't quite get the perfect timing in terms of our qualifying run because of the red flag and maybe we went a little bit in the wrong direction with the setup. But our biggest problem is the car is understeering at the beginning of the corners. Fortunately, I know the Visteon/Patrick Racing engineering staff has some ideas on what to do with the car and hopefully it will be as good as it was on Friday for tomorrow's race," he concluded.

Servia, who is competing in his fifth event for Visteon/Patrick Racing and eighth of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season, has qualified in the top-ten once this season starting ninth in Elkhart Lake, while Visteon/Patrick Racing has now qualified in the top-ten in six of the 14 races this year.

Servia, who ran the first three races of the 2002 season with Pac West Racing before signing with Visteon/Patrick Racing at the end of July, has finished in the points in four of his seven starts this year and in the top-ten three times including a season best sixth place showing in Japan. The resident of Miami, Florida, who is in his third CART season (47 starts), is currently 19th in the championship race with 16 points.

The Shell Grand Prix of Denver will be televised live on Sunday, September 1 at 3:00 PM (ET) on Speed Channel. The pre-race show will air from 2:30 - 3:00 PM (ET).

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Series IndyCar
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