CHAMPCAR/CART: Sigma Autosport race report

NAZARETH, Pa. - Oriol Servia said before today's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, that he wanted a good, clean run with some points. He got his wish as Servia finished the race in 9th place, good enough for four points in the FedEx CART Championship. ...

NAZARETH, Pa. - Oriol Servia said before today's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, that he wanted a good, clean run with some points.

He got his wish as Servia finished the race in 9th place, good enough for four points in the FedEx CART Championship. It was Servia's first finish of the young season and the first for the Chicago-based Sigma Autosport team.

Servia, who started the race 4th, quickly established himself as a leading contender in the early part of the race, by passing Michel Jourdain Jr. on the first lap, and then Bruno Junqueira three laps later, to run in 2nd place for most of the race.

Servia's finish was his best since ironically placing 9th at Gold Coast, Australia, last season. It was his 11th top 10 finish overall, and he is one of six CART drivers to have completed all 385 laps in competition this season.

In addition, there has been a change to Servia's best starting position. According to the CART Public Relations Staff, Servia's 3rd place qualifying performance in the Firestone Firehawk 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway will now be recorded as his best qualifying effort. This was made despite the fact the race was postponed and a new date for the event has yet to be rescheduled.

Servia's 4th place start in yesterday's qualifying for the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix now goes into the books as he second-best start.

Quotes "I think all of the cars were pretty close to each other, but this was a difficult place to pass anybody. It looked like (Kenny) Brack was the only guy able to pass anyone. Apart from that, I don't think the (Sigma Autosport) race strategy was bad, it just did not work our way. The car was pretty good in the first half (of the race). I passed one car at the start and another one on the restart. After this it was pretty hard to pass, but these things happen. That's racing, but at least we finished our first race in the points and this is nice for the me and team."- Oriol Servia, Sigma Autosport Driver

"It's a good points finish and it's better than nothing at all. Oriol drove a good race and to score points in our third race ever is great for Sigma Autosport." - Paul Cherry, Sigma Autosport Managing Director

-SA

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Oriol Servia , Michel Jourdain