CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Patrick Racing preview

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Servia seeks "big" points at Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix. JACKSON, MI - - MARCH 19, 2003 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to get to the next level and score "big" points this weekend...

Visteon/Patrick Racing's Servia seeks "big" points at Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix.

JACKSON, MI - - MARCH 19, 2003 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking to get to the next level and score "big" points this weekend at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, Round #2 of 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico.

Servia, who pilots the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford and uses a Lola chassis and Bridgestone tires, is coming off an encouraging performance at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He ran in the top-three in practice, however an incident during final qualifying damaged the car. The Visteon/Patrick Racing crew did an outstanding job making repairs and Servia ended up ninth on the starting grid. In the race, the engaging native of Spain was running in fourth place when electrical problems forced him into the pits. Once again the crew worked their magic and Servia rejoined the competition and battled his way to a points paying 12th place finish.

"The job this weekend is very challenging, but basic," Servia said. "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has shown that it has the speed, we just have to make it translate into big points in Monterrey," he explained.

Commenting on the race, Servia said, "It will be good to get back into the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car after the long layoff. I am looking forward to racing in Monterrey. I like the circuit and I always feel welcome in Mexico. It is nice to have so much support and a fan base. It is almost like a "home" race for me."

Servia went on to say, "The Visteon/Patrick Racing engineering staff has done a great job and we have a good setup to start the weekend. Last year, I raced here in a Lola, so I have a good idea of what it takes to be competitive. That should help use in qualifying and the race."

This will be Servia's third start in Monterrey. In 2001 he qualified eighth and finished 14th and then qualified 11th and finished tenth in 2002 (driving for PacWest Racing).

Patrick Racing has made three starts at Monterrey. Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Moreno contested the event in 2001 qualifying ninth and tenth and finishing a team best sixth and 27th respectively. In 2002, Townsend Bell qualified ninth and finished 19th.

Servia, 28, who is in his fourth Champ Car season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing, will be making his 55th career CART start and 12th with the team. The resident of Miami, Florida has finished in the points in six of his 11 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing with four top-10 finishes and two top-five performances. In 54 Champ Car starts, Servia has earned 23 top-ten finishes including six top-five showings and one podium, a career best third place performance at the 2000 Detroit Grand Prix.

The Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix will be televised live on Speed Channel. Saturday, March 22, qualifying will be aired live from 2:30 - 4:00 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 2:00 PM (ET) on Sunday, March 23, with the race shown live from 2:30 - 5:00 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 Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Townsend Bell