Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia looking to get back on track at this weekend's Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road Amercian JACKSON, MI - - JULY 30, 2003 - - Round 12 - - 2003 CART World Series, presented by Bridgestone and powered by Ford -...
Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia looking to get back on track at this weekend's Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road Amercian
JACKSON, MI - - JULY 30, 2003 - - Round 12 - - 2003 CART World Series, presented by Bridgestone and powered by Ford - Visteon/Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia will be looking to get back on track this weekend at the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America on the Road America permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Servia, who is coming off a 16th place showing last weekend in Vancouver, has been one of the most consistent drivers this season. He has piloted the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford-Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, to points paying placements in nine of the 11 races this year including top-six showings in seven of his last eight events. The 29-year-old native of Spain, who has set a number of personal career records this season, has finished in the top-five a single season high five times and has earned his CART career best showing of second (at Milwaukee). He is currently sixth in the championship standings with 76 points.
"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team ran into a little bad luck last weekend in Vancouver, but fortunately we didn't have to wait too long to get back to racing," Servia said. "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has been very consistent this year. We have finished in the points in all but two races this season and have placed in the top-six on a regular basis. We know we have to start finishing on the podium beginning this weekend if we are going to have a chance to contend for the title, but both the team and I are very confident," he noted.
Servia will be making his fourth start on the beautiful and challenging 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America road circuit. In his three previous races his best qualifying position is ninth (2002). He has finished in the top- 10 twice placing 10th in 2000 and 2001.
"Road America is every drivers' favorite race course," Servia said. "It is a very long circuit with both fast and slow corners. It is really fun to drive and very challenging because you have some many different kinds of corners, elevation changes and good braking areas, which allows you to pass. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team was very quick at our test in Mid-Ohio and even though it is a different track it is still a permanent road course, so we should have a good baseline to start the weekend," he concluded.
Servia, who is competing with his fourth CART team in three plus seasons, will be making his 65th career CART start and 22nd for Visteon/Patrick Racing this weekend. In 64 CART career events he has earned 30 top-ten finishes including 11 top-five showings with two podium performances. In his 21 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 11 this year, Servia has finished in the points 14 times with 11 top-10 finishes including seven top-five showings and one podium (Milwaukee).
Patrick Racing will be making its 30th start at Elkhart Lake. In 29 previous starts the team has qualified in the top-10 a total of 18 times. Their best starting position is fourth (Andretti - '82; Cogan - '86; Fittipaldi - '88 and Pruett - '98). The team has 14 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and two wins (Fittipaldi - '86 and '88).