CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Patrick Racing Friday report

*Oriol Servia finished 18TH two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. It is the third consecutive race he has not finished in the points. Servia has placed in the top-six in seven of his last ten races. He has finished in the points in nine of the 13 races...

*Oriol Servia finished 18TH two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. It is the third consecutive race he has not finished in the points. Servia has placed in the top-six in seven of his last ten races. He has finished in the points in nine of the 13 races this year. Servia is seventh in the standings with 76 points. (Note: 77 points after yesterday's provisional pole).

*Servia has earned a single season high five top-five finishes including a CART career best second place finish (Milwaukee). He has set personal CART career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. Servia is the only driver to start in the top-10 in all 13 races this year. The 13 straight top-10 starting positions are also a CART career high. (Note: will be 14 after final qualifying in Montreal).

*This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*The 2003 Molson Indy Montreal will be Servia's 67th career CART start and 24th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

*This will be Servia's second start in Montreal. He qualified 14th and finished 16th in last year's inaugural event.

*In 66 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 30 top-ten finishes including 11 top- five showings (second, Milwaukee - 2003; third, Detroit - 2000; fourth, Rockingham - 2002, Brands Hatch - 2003; fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003) with two podium performances. His best finish is second at Milwuakee - 2003.

*Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is third at Texas in 2001 (race was cancelled). His highest starting position is fourth at Nazareth in 2001, Monterrey, Brands Hatch, Cleveland and Elkhart Lake in 2003. (Note: He took the provisional pole for the Molson Indy Montreal, so will start on the front row for the first time in his career. Exact starting position TBD in final qualifying).

*In 23 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 11 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 14 times with 11 top-10 finishes, seven top-five showings and one podium performance (second, Milwaukee - 2003; fourth, Brands Hatch - 2003, Rockingham - 2002; fifth, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003).

*Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is second at Milwaukee (2003). His best starting position is the front row spot TBD in Montreal (2003). Prior to that it was fourth at Monterrey, Brands Hatch, Cleveland and Elkhart Lake (2003).

*Servia is competing with his fourth CART team. He drove for PPI Motorsports in 2000, Sigma Autosports in 2001 and PWR Racing for three races in 2002 before joining Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final ten events of the 2002 season.

*Servia, 28, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

*Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is in his 44th year of Champ Car competition, has amassed the most victories by a Manager/Chief Mechanic with 89. His record includes four Indianapolis 500 titles and nine national championships.

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year in 2003. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indy 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing's last pole came at Australia in 2001 with Roberto Moreno. The team's last win was at Vancouver in 2001 also with Moreno. Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Television Times:

The Molson Indy Montreal will be televised tape delayed on Speed Channel on Sunday, August 24, at 9:00 PM (ET). The pre-race show will begin at 8:30 PM (ET). Speed will also air qualifying on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 2:00 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 Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Gordon Johncock