ORIOL SERVIA TO PILOT THE PACIFICARE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING AT THIS SATURDAY'S TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225 LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (June 1, 2005) --- Oriol Servia has been named to replace the injured Bruno Junqueira in the No. 2 PacifiCare...
ORIOL SERVIA TO PILOT THE PACIFICARE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING AT THIS SATURDAY'S TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (June 1, 2005) --- Oriol Servia has been named to replace the injured Bruno Junqueira in the No. 2 PacifiCare entry for Newman/Haas Racing at this weekend's Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at the legendary Milwaukee Mile. Junqueira was injured after contact with a lapped car during Sunday's Indianapolis 500 and sustained a fracture to his T-12 and L-1 vertebra which were repaired on Monday by Dr. Terry Trammell.
"We have watched Oriol race over the years in the Champ Car series and believe we can put together a competitive effort with him this weekend despite the limited time to prepare," said Carl Haas, co-owner with Paul Newman of Newman/Haas Racing. "Oriol was running in second place in Mexico and we believe he is a good fit for our program in Milwaukee."
Now in his sixth season in the Champ Car series, Servia has made 87 starts while driving for teams such as PPI Motorsports (2000), Sigma Motorsports (2001), PWR/Patrick Racing (2002), Patrick Racing (2003), and Dale Coyne Racing (2004 and the first two events of 2005). Of his five career top-three, podium finishes, his highest is second place at 2003 events in Milwaukee and Montreal. His best career start is second place in Montreal and Denver in 2003.
"It is a great opportunity for me to be able to step into the PacifiCare car that is leading the championship," said Servia, 30. "I'm grateful that Newman/Haas Racing thought of me. Bruno is my friend and I felt really bad for him when the accident happened but I know he will get well soon and we can cycle together again."
Newman/Haas Racing LLC, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team is in the midst of their 23rd season in Champ Car competition in 2005 and will attempt to score their sixth overall title after winning 84 races and 87 pole positions. Current drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastien-bourdais.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.