CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Patrick Racing preview

*Oriol Servia has qualified in the top-10 at the first two events of the 2003 season. He started ninth in St. Petersburg and fourth in Monterrey. Servia has finished in the points in one of the first two events placing 12th at St....

*Oriol Servia has qualified in the top-10 at the first two events of the 2003 season. He started ninth in St. Petersburg and fourth in Monterrey. Servia has finished in the points in one of the first two events placing 12th at St. Petersburg.

*The 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford is Servia's fourth Champ Car season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*The 2003 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Servia's 56th career Champ Car start and 13th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*In 55 previous Champ Car starts, Servia has earned 23 top-ten finishes including six top-five showings (Third, Detroit - 2000; Fourth, Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002). His best finish is the podium performance at the 2000 Detroit Grand Prix.

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

*Servia has finished in the points in six of his 12 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing with four top-10 finishes and two top-five performances (Fourth, Rockingham - 2002; Fifth, Fontana - 2002).

*This will be Servia's fourth start in Long Beach with his fourth different team. In 2000 he started 21st and finished sixth with PPI Motorsports. He qualified 24th and finished 14th in 2001 with Sigma Autosport and then qualified 13th and finished 11th tenth in 2002 driving for PacWest Racing.

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

*Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing History At Long Beach Grand Prix:

Patrick Racing will be making its 26th start at Long Beach. In 25 previous events the team has qualified in the top-10 a remarkable 18 times and in the top-five nine times with a best starting position of third (Emerson Fittipaldi - 1987 and Adrian Fernandez - 1998). They have finished in the points 14 times with eight top-10 showings and six top-five performances. The team's best finish is second (Fittipaldi - 1985 and Scott Pruett - 1995).

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 2002. 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 is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Television Times:

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be televised live on Speed Channel. Saturday, April 12, qualifying will be aired live from 4:30 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 3:30 PM (ET) on Sunday, April 13, with the race shown live beginning at 4:00 PM (ET).

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Oriol Servia , Scott Pruett , Emerson Fittipaldi