At Last! Servia Drives to Victory with Aid of Bridgestone Oriol Servia has been one of the most consistent and likeable drivers in the Champ Car World Series since he started competing in 2000. But Servia couldn't be called "winner" -- until ...
At Last! Servia Drives to Victory with Aid of Bridgestone
Oriol Servia has been one of the most consistent and likeable drivers in the Champ Car World Series since he started competing in 2000. But Servia couldn't be called "winner" -- until today, that is. The Newman/Haas Racing driver took first place on the final lap and won by precisely 1 second over rookie Timo Glock.
Starting second, Servia hounded pole sitter and teammate Sebastien Bourdais, and then Glock the entire day. Twice in the closing laps, Servia attempted to pass Glock in the course's chicane, but Glock retained first place both times by going through the runoff area. Champ Car officials cited the second time as a violation and ordered Glock to let Servia in front. Incredibly, the victory is Servia's first in a racecar since 1997.
Despite pushing his PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola so hard all day, Servia said his Bridgestone Potenza tires held up perfectly and were under him as he vied for the lead.
"Every race you think is going to end up like this," a delirious Servia said in victory lane. "We were getting closer and closer, and I knew it was going to happen eventually. I'm just really glad it happened so I don't have to answer the question again, 'When is going to be the first one?' I knew all weekend we were faster than Glock so I was pushing him very hard, hoping he would make some mistakes. I had to brake really late going into the chicane and he kept going through the runoff, and by the rules you cannot do that. The Bridgestone tires really helped me; they were very consistent all the time. I had understeer on the car, but it was very consistent through the whole stint. The rear tires never gave up so I was able to push the entire time. I'm very happy. It feels awesome to win! I've been close so many times. You can't imagine how happy I am."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Oriol is definitely a driver everyone in the Bridgestone Motorsport program is delighted to welcome to the Champ Car race winners' club. His history with us dates back to two years in the Indy Lights program, including his championship season in 1999 when he didn't win a race but took the title by sheer consistency. Oriol's been a great friend to our program for a long time and because he's been on our tires for so long, he knew he could rely on the Potenzas as he made those bold, late moves for the lead. By the same token, things didn't work out for Timo Glock, but he and the Rocketsports crew must be commended on a fine run for his first podium finish."
Race temperatures ranged from 101 to 103 degrees track and from 78 to 81 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 38 to 39 degrees track and from 26 to 27 degrees ambient (C).