CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Patrick Racing pre-race notes

Oriol Servia qualified 16TH and finished 13th two weeks ago at the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante. Servia has finished in the points in 11 of the 17 races this year and placed in the top-six in nine of his last 14 events. He is seventh in the ...

Oriol Servia qualified 16TH and finished 13th two weeks ago at the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante. Servia has finished in the points in 11 of the 17 races this year and placed in the top-six in nine of his last 14 events. He is seventh in the standings with 108 points.

Servia has set a number of CART career personal records this year. He has earned career high second place showings at Milwaukee and Montreal, a single season high nine top-10 placements, a single season high seven top-five showings and a single season high three podium finishes including consecutive podium performances for the first time in his career. Servia has set career records for consecutive top-six finishes, seven, top-10 showings, seven and points paying performances, eight. He has earned career high qualifying positions of second at Montreal and Denver, qualified in the top-10 a CART career high 16 consecutive times, earned a single season high 16 top-10 starting positions and a single season high seven top-five starting positions.

This is Servia's fourth CART season and second with Visteon/Patrick Racing.

The 2003 Lexmark Indy 300 will be Servia's 71st career CART start and 28th for Visteon/Patrick Racing.

This will be Servia's four start in Australia. In three previous races his best starting position is ninth, in 2002, and his best finish is ninth in 2000.

In 70 previous CART starts, Servia has earned 32 top-ten finishes including 13 top- five showings (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003; third, Denver 2003, Detroit 2000; fourth, Rockingham - 2002, Brands Hatch - 2003; fifth, St. Louis - 2000, Vancouver and Germany - 2001, Fontana - 2002, Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003) with four podium performances. His best finish is second at Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003.

Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is second at Montreal and Denver in 2003.

In 27 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 17 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 16 times with 13 top-10 finishes, nine top-five showings and three podium performances (second, Milwaukee and Montreal - 2003; third, Denver -2003 fourth, Brands Hatch - 2003, Rockingham - 2002; fifth, Fontana - 2002 , Germany, Portland and Toronto - 2003).

Servia's best finish for Visteon/Patrick Racing is second at Milwaukee and Montreal (2003). His best starting position is second in Montreal and Denver (2003).

Servia is competing with his fourth CART team. He drove for PPI Motorsports in 2000, joining Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final ten events of the 2002 season.

Servia, 29, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

McGee Holds Record For Most Wins:

Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee, who is in 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.

Patrick Racing Facts:

Patrick Racing enters its 31st year in 2003. Patrick drivers have started 769 races, earning 45 victories including three Indy 500 titles and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). Patrick Racing's last pole came at Australia in 2001 with Roberto Moreno. The team's last win was at Vancouver in 2001 also with Moreno. Patrick Racing is owned and led by U. E. "Pat" Patrick. Patrick is the co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART).

Television Times:

The Lexmark Indy 300 will be televised live on Speed Channel on Sunday, October 26th at 12:30 PM (ET). The race will re-air on Speed, Sunday, October 26th at 2:30 PM (ET).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock