CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Patrick Racing preview

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia looking to keep momentum going at Grand Prix Americas. Servia to make 50th CART start. JACKSON, MI - - SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to keep the momentum...

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia looking to keep momentum going at Grand Prix Americas.
Servia to make 50th CART start.

JACKSON, MI - - SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to keep the momentum going when the FedEx Championship Series returns to the streets of Miami this weekend at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida.

Servia, who will be making his 50th career CART start, piloted the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, to a season high fourth place showing three weeks ago at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. The top-five finish is his best performance in six races with Visteon/Patrick Racing. It is also the second highest (Third - Detroit - 2000), fourth top-five (Detroit - 2000, fifth Vancouver and Germany in 2001) and 15th top-ten finish of his 49-race CART career. The fourth place finish tied the best performance for Visteon/Patrick Racing this season (Townsend Bell - Portland).

"The goal for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team in Miami is to keep the momentum we established at Rockingham going," Servia said. "We have had some solid performances this year, but had not achieved a good result until then. With just four races remaining in the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team is looking to continue to improve and finish the season off strong," Servia noted.

Servia went on to say, "The Grand Prix Americas will be a special start for me for a couple of reasons. First, it is my 50th career CART start and I am very proud of that. It is just another race and I don't want to make too much of it, but achieving this milestone does add some extra significance to the race for me. Second, we will be racing in Miami, which is where I now make my home, so it will be exciting to race in front of all my friends. I think this is going to be a very fun race for all the drivers and fans. CART is racing again on the streets of Miami, which they haven't done in a long time, and so many of the drivers live here that it has created a lot of excitement among racing fans in the area."

Servia joined Visteon/Patrick Racing at the end of July for a five-race trial. He impressed the team with both his knowledge and racing ability during the five- race stint and was signed to contest the remainder of the 2002 season. The 28-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, who began the year running the first three races with Pac West Racing, has finished in the points in six of his nine starts this year and in the top-ten four times. He is currently 18th in the championship race with 30 points.

The Grand Prix Americas will be televised on Sunday, October 6 on CBS. It will run live in some markets and tape delayed in other. Air time for the live broadcast is 1:00 PM (ET) the tape delay time is 4:30 - 6:00 PM (ET). Check your local listings. Speed Channel will air Friday, October 4, Qualifying at 2:00- 3:30 PM (ET), CART Friday Night at 7-7:30 PM (ET) and Saturday, October 5, Qualifying from 1:30 - 3:00 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 Oriol Servia , Townsend Bell