SERVIA CHOSEN TO PILOT THE PACIFICARE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING WHILE JUNQUEIRA RECUPERATES LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (June 9, 2005) --- Newman/Haas Racing has named Spaniard Oriol Servia to drive the No. 2 PacifiCare entry while Bruno Junqueira ...
SERVIA CHOSEN TO PILOT THE PACIFICARE CAR FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING WHILE JUNQUEIRA RECUPERATES
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (June 9, 2005) --- Newman/Haas Racing has named Spaniard Oriol Servia to drive the No. 2 PacifiCare entry while Bruno Junqueira recovers from the injury he sustained after contact with a lapped car during the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. Servia made his debut with the team at the previous Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford race in Milwaukee and drove to a third place finish.
"Oriol did a good job for us at Milwaukee, which has been one of our more difficult tracks the past few years," said Carl Haas, co-owner with Paul Newman of Newman/Haas Racing. "He is currently in sixth place in the point standings and we feel that together we could bring PacifiCare some good results."
In Milwaukee, Servia earned his sixth podium finish with his third place result with Newman/Haas Racing. Now in his sixth season in the Champ Car series, Servia has made 88 starts while driving for teams such as PPI Motorsports (2000), Sigma Motorsports (2001), PWR/Patrick Racing (2002), Patrick Racing (2003), Dale Coyne Racing (2004 and the first two events of 2005), and Newman/Haas Racing (2005 Milwaukee). Of his six career top-three, podium finishes, his highest to date is second place at 2003 events in Milwaukee and Montreal. He finished third in Milwaukee (2005), Laguna Seca (2004), Denver (2003) and Detroit (2000). His best career start is second place in Montreal and Denver in 2003.
"I enjoyed every moment I spent with Newman/Haas Racing in Milwaukee and am honored that they chose me to drive the PacifiCare car," said Servia, 30. "This is a great opportunity for me and I will work very hard to bring good results and make Bruno proud. We are entering the heart of the season and will be racing at great events on tracks I love. I'm looking forward to getting my first road course experience with Newman/Haas Racing in the PacifiCare car in Portland and will work on getting everyone a great result there."
Newman/Haas Racing LLC, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team is in the midst of their 23rd season in Champ Car competition in 2005 and will attempt to score their sixth overall title after winning 84 races and 87 pole positions. Current drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastien-bourdais.com, www.oriolservia.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.