Servia Bounces Back at Road America to Finish Fourth Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- August 12, 2007- Oriol Servia and Forsythe Championship Racing managed to turn a difficult weekend into a successful result after climbing from a 14th starting ...
Servia Bounces Back at Road America to Finish Fourth
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- August 12, 2007- Oriol Servia and Forsythe Championship Racing managed to turn a difficult weekend into a successful result after climbing from a 14th starting position to fourth at the Champ Car Generac Grand Prix at Road America. Teammate Paul Tracy was involved in a first lap incident which damaged his car, the 2003 Champion had to hustle his way through the rest of the race with a mangled race car but still went on to finish 11th.
After pitting during an early yellow to top off with fuel, Servia started his charge to the front with extremely quick laps and picked off his competitors one by one. After his second pit stop on lap 15 he was already up to fifth position. For the rest of the race he kept improving his lap times and eventually turned the third fastest lap of the race (1m45.290s) and also picked up one point for gaining the most positions, which ties him for fifth in the Championship with Graham Rahal.
Tracy's weekend frustration and bad luck continued on lap one when Simon Pagenaud landed on his sidepod after colliding with another car. The incident damaged Tracy's left sidepod and underwing causing handling problems for the rest of the race. Despite the problems he still managed to drive to an 11th place finish.
"I would be happier if I would've been on the podium, actually I think we should've been but we had some radio problems on one of the restarts and I lost some positions. I liked the improvements we made on the car throughout the weekend. We had problems in qualifying so we started at the back but we were able to make a lot of on track passes and we also managed to turn one of the fastest laps of the race. So we've shown that we have a good car for the road courses. We have a couple more coming up in Europe so I think that we are going to be very strong and fighting for victories."
"It was just one of those races where I got hit at the start and the car was damaged, so we basically struggled around the whole race and just had to hold on and pick up some points. We really weren't a factor to do anything today. We just had to stay on the track and finish."
Forsythe Championship Racing and the Champ Car World Series will now head across the Atlantic Ocean for their European swing in Zolder, Belgium (August 24 -- 26) and Assen, Holland (August 31 -- September 2).