PKV RACING'S BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS HEADS TO DENVER SERVIA LOOKING FOR ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE IN DENVER AND CHANCE TO MOVE UP IN STANDINGS LEGGE SEEKS SOLID SHOWING TO STAY IN CONTENTION FOR ROOKIE AWARD INDIANAPOLIS, IN - -...
PKV RACING'S BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS HEADS TO DENVER
SERVIA LOOKING FOR ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE IN DENVER AND CHANCE TO MOVE UP IN STANDINGS
LEGGE SEEKS SOLID SHOWING TO STAY IN CONTENTION FOR ROOKIE AWARD
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - AUGUST 10, 2006 - - With just five races remaining in the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season PKV Racing drivers Oriol Servia and Katherine Legge will both be seeking strong performances and valuable championship points beginning this weekend at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Servia, who pilots the #6 Gulfstream -- PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone machine, currently sits in a tie for seventh place in the standings with 134 points. He is just three points out of fifth place and seven out of fourth. A solid showing on the 1.65-mile, nine-turn downtown Denver temporary street circuit, where he has finished in the top-six the last three years, is vital to his hopes for a top-five showing in the final standings. Legge, who is behind the wheel of the #20 Bell Micro -- PKV Racing Ford Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone entry, is 14th in the points race, but just 30 points out of 10th in the standings. Equally as important, she holds down the third spot in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year Award race just two points out of second and 27 out of first.
Servia, who will be contesting his fifth Champ Car race in Denver and tenth for PKV Racing, is always a contender in the Mile High City. He has qualified in the top-10 three times with a best starting position of second in 2003. However it has been in the races where the 32-year-old Catalan has really shined placing third in 2003, sixth in 2004 and fourth last year.
"I like the Denver circuit," Servia said. "It is a street circuit, so it is always going to be bumpy, but each year they have improved the track. I like the layout of the circuit and I think it is challenging for the drivers. Most of all, I like the success I have had in Denver."
Servia has finished in the top-10 in six of the nine races this year (six of the last seven events) including three top five showings and the team's only podium performance of the season a third place finish in Cleveland. In addition to the podium in Cleveland, Servia finished fourth in Edmonton, fifth in Milwaukee, eighth in Monterrey and San Jose and 10th in Portland. He has also been remarkably consistent in qualifying having started in the top-10 in eight of the nine races with four top-five qualifying efforts, all in the last four races (he is the first driver in the team's three plus year history to qualify in the top-five in four consecutive races). Servia qualified a season high fourth in Cleveland, fifth in Edmonton, Toronto and San Jose; seventh twice, Milwaukee and Monterrey, Mexico and eighth twice, Long Beach and Houston. He is tied with Cristiano da Matta for seventh in the championship standings, however is listed as eighth because da Matta owns the tiebreaker with a season high second place showing versus Servia's third.
Commenting on the season to date, Servia said, "The Gulfstream - PKV Racing team has worked hard all year and we and continued to improve. We are consistently in the top-five in qualifying and we should consistently be in the top-five in the races, but we have had some bad luck. PKV Racing had a good test in Elkhart Lake and with all the work the team has done we will be very competitive in this race and for the rest of the season."
Servia, who is in his seventh season, will be making his 108th career Champ Car start this weekend in Denver. He has earned 57 top-ten finishes including 28 top-five showings, 13 podium performances and one victory (Montreal 2005). The resident of Miami, Florida, who has finished in the top-10 in the standings the last three years, is coming off his best Champ Car season placing second last year.
Legge will be making her tenth career Champ Car start and first at Denver although she did compete here last year in the Atlantic Championships qualifying fifth and finishing 17th. The native of Great Britain has earned three top-10 finishes in her first nine Champ Car races, placing a season, and career, high sixth at Milwaukee, eighth in her Champ Car debut at Long Beach and eighth in Cleveland. In addition, she has finished 12th in San Jose, where she recorded the second fastest lap of the race, 13th at Portland and Edmonton, and 14th at Houston, Monterrey and Toronto. Legge has qualified in the top-10 once, a career high eighth on the oval in Milwaukee, in eight attempts. She qualified a road/street course best 14th at Cleveland; 15th four times, Houston, Portland, Edmonton, and San Jose, plus 17th twice, Long Beach and Monterrey, Mexico. The resident of Indianapolis, Indiana is fourth in laps completed (850 of 911) and eighth in laps led with 12. Legge has earned 96 points and trails Will Power by 27 points and Dan Clarke by two in the rookie battle.
"My rookie Champ Car season has been more difficult than I expected," Legge said. "The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team has done a great job this year setting up and preparing the cars, but.I have had a bit of a problem with qualifying. The qualifying problems have hurt our performance in the races, but we have had some good performances this year, so there have been some bright spots. We just have to keep working hard, keep our focus and put up some good results these last five races."