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Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia looking for strong performance at Molson Indy Montreal. JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 22, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking for another strong performance when the...

Visteon/Patrick Racing'S Oriol Servia looking for strong performance at Molson Indy Montreal.

JACKSON, MI - - AUGUST 22, 2002 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia will be looking for another strong performance when the FedEx Championship Series makes it debut in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for this weekend's Molson Indy Montreal.

Servia is making his fourth start for Visteon/Patrick Racing and seventh of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season. In his first three races with the team the 28-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, has qualified in the top-ten once, ninth at Road America, and finished in the top-ten once, tenth at Mid-Ohio.

However, the final results do not tell the entire story. Since stepping into the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, with Toyota power and Bridgestone tires, a little over three weeks ago, Servia has demonstrated both an ability to setup the car and tremendous driving talent. In his debut at Vancouver, Servia was in ninth place and moving up when a mechanical problem knocked him from the competition placing him 14th. Last week, at Road America, the resident of Miami, Florida drove an outstanding race running as high as fifth and had the fourth fastest lap. However a fuel pressure problem robbed him of a top-five finish and dropped him into 16th place.

"It is obvious that the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has made progress over the last three races," Servia said. "We have not achieved everything we want, but the entire team is working hard to get to the next level. It is not just me. I am just a part of the team. Everyone, the engineers, mechanics, Jim McGee and, certainly, Mr. Patrick are all pushing to find that last piece that will bring us some wins," he explained.

Servia, who ran the first three races of the 2002 season with Pac West Racing, has finished in the points in four of his six starts this year and in the top-ten three times including a season best sixth place showing in Japan. He is currently 19th in the championship race with 16 points.

"Montreal is a beautiful city and I am looking forward to racing there," Servia noted. "It should be a good track for the Visteon/Patrick Racing car. Our car works well on fast corners, as we showed at Road America, and I think Montreal has fast corners, so we should be in good shape," he explained. "If we are going to make a run at the top-ten in the championship standings we need to start putting some big points on the board starting this weekend at the Molson Indy Montreal," Servia concluded.

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