First lap incident damages Visteon/Patrick Racing car. Servia finishes 17th at inaugural Grand Prix Americas. MIAMI, FLORIDA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2002 -- Round ...
First lap incident damages Visteon/Patrick Racing car.
Servia finishes 17th at inaugural Grand Prix Americas.
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2002 -- Round #16 of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series - An incident on the first lap of the race damaged the rear suspension of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car and eventually forced it from the competition in 17th place today at the inaugural Grand Prix Americas on the temporary street circuit in Miami, Florida.
Driver Oriol Servia, who started 13th, was hit by another driver in Turn #2 of the opening lap, which forced him into the wall. The car stop running and Servia went down a lap. The 28-year-old resident of Miami battled to regain his lap, but on lap 29 it became apparent that the rear suspension had been damaged in the earlier crash when it failed knocking Servia from the race.
"From the start of the race things went bad for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team," Servia said. "On the first lap I made a move to the outside of the driver in front of me, but he closed the door going into the corner. I braked as hard as I could, but he still hit me on the right front, which knocked the left rear into the wall. We lost a lap at that point, but more importantly the impact damage the suspension and 28 laps latter the suspension failed, " Servia explained. "It is unfortunate. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team did a great job this weekend and we had a good car for the race. We will just have to continue to work hard and try to get our first win in Australia," Servia concluded.
Servia, who was making his 50th career CART start, seventh for Visteon/Patrick Racing and tenth of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season, has now finished in the points in six of his ten races this year and in the top-ten four times with a best showing of fourth at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. He is currently 18th in the championship race with 30 points.
Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is the Honda 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia on October 25-27.
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