CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Patrick Racing pre-race notes

Oriol Servia qualified third and was running third when he had an incident on lap 43 at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida and ended up finishing 19th. Servia has finished in the points in 11 of the 16 races this year and place in the...

Oriol Servia qualified third and was running third when he had an incident on lap 43 at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida and ended up finishing 19th. Servia has finished in the points in 11 of the 16 races this year and place in the top-six in nine of his last 13 events. He is sixth in the championship standings with 108 points.

Servia has set a number of personal CART career records this season. He has earned a single season high nine top-10 finishes including a single season high seven top-five showings. He has also scored his CART career best finish placing second at Milwaukee and Montreal. Servia has set CART career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. He has started in the top-10 in a CART career high 16 consecutive races with a single season high seven top-five qualifying positions including career high second place starting positions in Montreal and Denver. He is the only driver to start in the top-10 in all 16 races this year.

This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

The 2003 Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante will be Servia's 70th career CART start and 27th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

This will be Servia's second start in Mexico City. He qualified 16th and finished ninth in last year's inaugural event.

In 69 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 32 top-ten finishes including 13 top- five showings (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003; third, Denver - 2003, Detroit - 2000; fourth, Rockingham - 2002, Brands Hatch - 2003; fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003) with four podium performances. His best finish is second at Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003.

Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is second at Montreal and Denver in 2003.

In 26 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 16 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 16 times with 13 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and three podium performance (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003; third, Denver -2003 fourth, Brands Hatch - 2003, Rockingham - 2002; fifth, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003).

Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is second at Milwaukee and Montreal (2003). His best starting position is second in Montreal and Denver (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 2002 season.

Servia, 29, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is in 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.

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year in 2003. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indy 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 Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante will be televised live by Speed Channel on Sunday, October 12, at 4:00 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 3:30 PM (ET).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock