CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Patrick Racing preview

Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia set for strong run at season ending Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante. JACKSON, MI - - NOVEMBER 13, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will seek to end the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season on...

Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia set for strong run at season ending Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante.

JACKSON, MI - - NOVEMBER 13, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will seek to end the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season on a strong note this weekend at the inaugural Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante, presented by Banamex/Visa, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante, the 2002 season finale, could very well prove to be one of the most exciting races of the year.especially for Visteon/Patrick Racing. With the championship already decided teams will be pulling out all the stops as they try to end the season with a victory on this historic track. Servia, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain will be competing in his first race in Mexico City and after seeing the renovated circuit for the first time, approximately a month ago, was particularly excited to be racing at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez.

"I am very excited to be racing in Mexico City," Servia said. "The promoters have done a fantastic job with this race track. It has a nice combination of fast and slow turns and there appears to be some good passing areas. I think the circuit will be good for the Reynard chassis because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has shown in the past that our car works very well on circuits that have fast corners," he noted.

Servia is making his 53rd career CART start, 13th of the 2002 season and tenth behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Toyota and uses Bridgestone tires. The 28-year-old resident of Miami, Florida is coming off an impressive performance two weeks ago at The 500 on the California Speedway oval in Fontana, California where he started last, but with the help of some outstanding work by the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team, battled his way to a fifth place finish.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team did a good job in Fontana," Servia began. "We started the weekend off a little slow, but we kept working hard and by the end of the race we had the fastest car on the track. Everybody on the team did their job and did it well, but to win in this series you have to do everything from

the start of the weekend through the end of the race perfect. Plus, you need a little magic," he explained. "I am confident that with everything we have learned over the last nine races and the track we are going to, the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team is in a good position to win this race or at least finish on the podium. That would be a great way to end this season," Servia concluded.

Servia has finished in the points in seven of the 12 races he has contested this year and in the top-ten five times with a best showing of fourth at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. The top-five showing at Fontana is the third best (Third - Detroit - 2000; Fourth - Rockingham - 2002), fifth top-five (Detroit - 2000; Rockingham - 2002; fifth Vancouver and Germany in 2001) and 16th top-ten finish of his CART career. It is the fourth time Servia has finished in the points for Visteon/Patrick Racing and second top- five performance (Rockingham). He is 17th in the point's standings with 40 points.

The Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante presented by Banamex/Visa will be televised live on Sunday, November 17 from 4:00 - 6:30 PM (ET) on Speed Channel. The pre-race show will air from 3:30 - 4:00 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also televise Friday, November 15 qualifying tape delayed from 4:00 - 5:30 PM (ET), CART Friday Night from 10:30 - 11:00 PM (PT) and Saturday, November 16, qualifying tape delayed from 3:30 - 5:00 PM (ET).

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