CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Patrick Racing race report

Engine management system malfunction causes Visteon/Patrick Racing car fire at Honda Indy 300. JACKSON, MI - - OCTOBER 28, 2002 - - Following a thorough investigation of the ...

Engine management system malfunction causes Visteon/Patrick Racing car fire at Honda Indy 300.

JACKSON, MI - - OCTOBER 28, 2002 - - Following a thorough investigation of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car it has been determined that the cause of the fire that ended the team's Honda Indy 300 yesterday in Surfer's Paradise, Australia was an engine management system malfunction according to Visteon/Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee.

"Following the race the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car was brought back to the garage area where we did a thorough examination to determine the cause of the fire that forced the car from the race," McGee said. "After examining the damage and reviewing all the data we have determined that the engine management system malfunctioned and that caused an exhaust system failure. The result was a fire in the engine compartment. It is unfortunate because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team worked very hard to prepare the car for the race and we felt we had a competitive racecar and solid race/pit strategy. Even though the weather conditions prevented the race from being contested on the track, we felt that had we finished the race our strategy would have produced a top-five finish," McGee concluded.

Visteon/Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia, who was making his 51st career CART start, eighth for Visteon/Patrick Racing and 11th of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season, was not hurt during the incident and will compete at the upcoming event at California Speedway in Fontana, California on November 1-3 which features a $1 million purse to the winner.

Servia has finished in the points in six of his 11 races he has contested this year and in the top-ten four times. His best showing is a fourth place finish at the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. The 28-year-old native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain is 19th in the point's standings with 30 points.

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