CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick Racing Arizona test notes

Visteon/Patrick Racing has successful test at Arizona Motorsports Park. JACKSON, MI - - APRIL 18, 2003 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing held its first in- season test of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season...

Visteon/Patrick Racing has successful test at Arizona Motorsports Park.

JACKSON, MI - - APRIL 18, 2003 - - Visteon/Patrick Racing held its first in- season test of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season running three days, April 15-17, at Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona.

Oriol Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car, which is powered by Ford-Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis and Bridgestone tires, ran a total of 223 laps on the 2.21 mile Arizona Motorsports road course during the three days.

On the first day wind and dust aborted the morning session after one run. However, the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team went back out a 1:35 PM and managed to get in a solid day of testing. They ran a total of 83 laps the first day, 30 in the backup car and 53 in the primary car, with a fast lap of 75.51 seconds. The next day the team got in a full day of testing, all in the primary car, running a total of 103 laps with a quick lap of 73.11 seconds. The final day once again saw wind and dust hamper the team's test. They only ran 37 laps, again all in the primary car, but still managed to turn their fastest lap of the test running a quick time of 72.21 seconds.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a great test in Arizona," Servia said. "We worked with some new aerodynamic parts and learned a lot about the car. I think the things we learned will really help us, especially in the next two races in England and Germany," Servia concluded.

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee said, "This was the first test since the start of the season for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team and I am very pleased with the results. Our fastest time was quicker than the group that tested here before Long Beach, but more importantly it gave Oriol and the engineering staff an opportunity to work with the car and try a few things. Overall, it was a very positive test. We ran almost 500 miles and learned a lot."

Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is the London Champ Car Trophy at Brands Hatch on May 3-5.

Servia In 2003:

Servia has qualified in the top-10 at the first three events of the 2003 season (ninth at St. Petersburg, fourth at Monterrey and eighth at Long Beach). The streak of consecutive top-10 qualifying positions is his Champ Car career high. Servia has finished in the points in two of the three races placing 12th at St. Petersburg and Long Beach.

Servia With Visteon/Patrick Racing:

Servia is in second season with Visteon/Patrick Racing. He has started 13 races for the team (10 in 2002 and three in 2003). Servia has finished in the points in six of his 13 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing (including four top-10 finishes and two top-five performances). His best performance for the team is a fourth place showing last year in Rockingham, England.

Servia's Champ Car Career:

Servia is competing in his fourth Champ Car season with his fourth different team. In 2000 he raced with PPI Motorsports, 2001 - Sigma Autosports, 2002 Pac West Racing for the first three events of the season and Visteon/Patrick Racing for the last ten. In 56 career Champ Car starts, Servia has earned 23 top-ten finishes including six top-five showings and one podium (third, Detroit - 2000; fourth, Rockingham - 2002; fifth, Fontana - 2002; Vancouver and Germany in 2001; St. Louis - 2000). Servia's best showing is the podium performance at Detroit in 2000.

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is entering 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. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year of competition in 2002. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indianapolis 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Emerson Fittipaldi