CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Visteon/Patrick Racing Friday report

Rain cancels qualifying for historic Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia To Start Seventh MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003 -- Round ...

Rain cancels qualifying for historic Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia To Start Seventh

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003 -- Round #6 - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season - A torrential downpour that began at 7:00 PM local time cancelled CART's first-ever night qualifying session for the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 on the Milwaukee Mile oval in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a result, Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will start seventh in tomorrow's historic first CART night race based upon the combined practice times during three practice sessions over two days. Servia began the day sixth on the combined practice report with a fast time of 21.239 seconds (174.923 mph) following Thursday two practice sessions. During this afternoon's practice his quick time was 21.390 seconds (173.689 mph) as the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team experimented with a variety of setup changes in search of more speed. While a couple of drivers were able to improve their times from yesterday only one was able to slipped past Servia on the combined report.

This is the sixth consecutive race that the 28-year-old Spaniard will start the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, in the top-10. The six consecutive top-10 starting positions are his CART career high. It is also his best starting position in three attempts on the challenging one-mile Milwaukee oval.

"It is a little disappointing not to be able to qualify tonight," Servia said. "We tried a lot of things in this afternoon's practice and toward the end of the session we were headed in the right direction. I was looking forward to qualifying the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car under the lights and had confidence that we would do well. But, there is nothing you can do about the weather," he noted.

Weather permitting; Servia will be making his 59th career CART start and 16th with Visteon/Patrick Racing tomorrow. The resident of Miami, Florida is currently 10th in the championship standings with 24 points. He will be looking to build on the momentum he has generated with back-to-back top- five finishes at Brands

Hatch and the German 500 as he tries to project himself into the thick of the championship race. Servia, who has a CART career best finish of third at Detroit in 2000, is seeking a CART career high third straight top-five showing. He has placed in the points in four of the first five events this year including three in a row. While Servia's best finish at Milwaukee is a 14th place performance in 2001, he has had some of his best CART races on ovals. Of Servia's eight career top-five finishes, five have come on ovals including three of his four top-five performances with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

Patrick Racing will, hopefully, be making it 70th start in Milwaukee tomorrow. The team has had an outstanding record of success on the Milwaukee Mile having qualified in the top-10 a total of 52 times, including 28 in the top-five with five poles. They have finished in the top-10 a total of 37 times including 22 top-five showings, 13 podium performances and three wins.

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