Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia finishes 18th in Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, OHIO - SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2003 -- Round ...
Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia finishes 18th in Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, OHIO - SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2003 -- Round #13 - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season -- Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia finished 18th today in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford/Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, qualified eighth. He got off to a good start passing one car on the opening lap to move into seventh place. After nine laps at speed the race went yellow while the cars were working lap ten. Following the completion of lap 12 green flag racing resumed. While working lap 13, Servia got a run on Bruno Junqueira after they exited Turn #1. He went to the inside as the two cars entered Turn #2. When Junqueira turned in they made contact. After getting restarted, Junqueira retuned to the pits for minor repairs and rejoined the race, albeit two laps down. Servia, meanwhile, was restarted but upon entering the pits the Visteon/Patrick Racing crew discovered that the damage to his car was too extensive to fix.
"You need to take advantage of any opportunity, especially at Mid-Ohio," Servia began. "Bruno (Junqueira) had a bad exit in Turn #1 and I had a good run on him. He was sitting on the right, playing a little bit and then, when I was committed he closed the door. The new rules say that you are supposed to run your racing line," he explained. "It is a shame because it is a long race and the Visteon/Patrick Racing car was running good. I had already passed one car on the start and I was hoping to end up on the podium with all the Visteon guests here today," Servia concluded.
This is the first time in four races that Servia has failed to finish in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio. The 29-year-old native of Spain has now finished out of the points in three consecutive races, however he is still having a solid season. Servia has scored points in nine of the 13 races this year and has finished in the top-six in seven of his last 10 events. He has earned a single season high five top-five finishes including a CART career best second place showing (Milwaukee). Additionally, Servia has set personal CART career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top- 10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. He has also started in the top-10 in a CART career high 13 races. Servia is the only driver to have started in the top-10 in every race this season. The resident of Miami Florida is seventh in the championship standings with 76 points.
In 66 CART career events Servia has earned 30 top-ten finishes including 11 top-five showings with two podium performances. In his 23 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 13 this year, Servia has finished in the points 14 times with 11 top-10 finishes including seven top-five showings and one podium (Milwaukee).
Patrick Racing was making its 27th start at Mid-Ohio today. The team has now qualified in the top-10 a total of 14 times with a best starting position of third (Fittipaldi - '86). They have 17 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and two wins (Fittipaldi - '88; Adrian Fernandez in -98). In 1998 the team placed one/two with Scott Pruett, in the Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, finishing second.
Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is Molson Indy Montreal on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 22-24. The race will be televised tape delay on Speed at 9:00 PM (ET)