CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Patrick Racing preview



*Oriol Servia is coming off a season high fourth place finish last weekend at the London Champ Car Trophy. Servia has qualified in the top-10 at the first four events of the 2003 season. The four consecutive top-10 qualifying positions is his CART career high. Servia has finished in the points in three of the first four events. He is 12th in the championship standings with 14 points.

*The 2003 CART World Series season is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*The 2003 German 500 will be Servia's 58th career CART start and 15th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*This will be Servia's second start at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. In 2001 he started 20th and finished fifth.

*In 57 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 24 top-ten finishes including seven top-five showings (Third, Detroit - 2000; Fourth, Rockingham -

2002 and Brands Hatch - 2003; Fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002). His best finish is the third at Detroit in 2000.

*Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is third at Texas in 2001 (race was cancelled). His highest starting position is fourth at Nazareth in 2001, Monterrey in 2003 and Brands Hatch in 2003.

*Servia has finished in the points in eight of his 14 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing with five top-10 finishes and three top-five performances (Fourth, Brands Hatch - 2003 and Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, Fontana - 2002).

*Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is fourth at Brands Hatch in 2003 and Rockingham in 2002. His best qualifying position is fourth at Monterrey and Brands Hatch in 2003.

*Servia is competing with his fourth CART team. He drove for PPI Motorsports in 2000, Sigma Autosports in 2001 and PWR Racing for three races in 2002 before joining Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final ten events of the season.

*Servia, 28, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

*Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.


Patrick Racing history at EuroSpeedway:

At the 2001 German 500 Patrick Racing started three cars. Townsend Bell started 27th and finished 13th, Jimmy Vasser, 14th and 15th and Roberto Moreno, eighth and 23rd.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is entering his 44th year of Champ Car competition, has amassed the most victories by a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 89. His record includes four Indianapolis 500 titles and nine national championships. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year of competition in 2003. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing's last pole came at Australia in 2001 with Roberto Moreno. The team's last win was at Vancouver in 2001 also with Moreno.

Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co- founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Television Times:

The German 500 race will be televised on CBS, same day tape delay, on May 11 at 1:00 PM (ET). Speed Channel will air the German 500 qualifying, same day tape delay, on Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 PM (ET).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Townsend Bell , Emerson Fittipaldi