CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Oriol Servia pre-race notes

*Oriol Servia is coming off a fifth place finish two weeks ago at the Molson Indy Toronto. He has now finished in the top-six a CART career high seven consecutive times, placed in the top-ten a career best seven straight times and finished in ...

*Oriol Servia is coming off a fifth place finish two weeks ago at the Molson Indy Toronto. He has now finished in the top-six a CART career high seven consecutive times, placed in the top-ten a career best seven straight times and finished in the points a career high eight consecutive races.

*Servia has earned a single season high five top-five finishes including a CART career best second place finish (Milwaukee). He has placed in the top-five in five of his last seven races and scored points in nine of the ten events this year. Servia is sixth in the standings with 76 points.

*Servia has started in the top-10 in all nine races this year. The nine straight top-10 starting positions are a CART career high.

*Servia's highest career CART qualifying position is third at Texas in 2001 (race was cancelled). His highest starting position is fourth at Nazareth in 2001, Monterrey, Brands Hatch and Cleveland in 2003.

*In 20 starts with Visteon/Patrick Racing, 10 in 2002 and 10 in 2003, Servia has placed in the points 14 times with 11 top-10 finishes, seven top-five showings and one podium performance (second, Milwaukee - 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 -2003. His best qualifying position is fourth at Monterrey, Brands Hatch and Cleveland in 2003.

*Servia is competing with his fourth CART team. He drove for PPI Motorsports in 2000, Sigma Autosports in 2001 and PWR Racing for three races in 2002 before joining Visteon/Patrick Racing for the final ten events of the season.

*Servia, 28, a native of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, resides in Miami, Florida.

*Servia is the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion.

PATRICK RACING NOTES:

Patrick Racing History At Vancouver:

Patrick Racing will be making its 16th start at Vancouver. In 15 previous starts the team has qualified in the top-10 seven times with a best starting position of second (PJ Jones - '99). They have eight top-10 finishes with three podiums with one win (Moreno - '01).

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. McGee is the only Manager/Chief Mechanic to win a championship in four decades (60's - 90's). He has at least one victory in each of his last five decades (his 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's) and at least one victory in each of the last five decades (60's - 00).

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 Molson Indy Vancouver will be televised live on Speed Channel on Sunday, July 27 at 3:30 PM (ET). Speed Channel will also air qualifying live on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 1:30 PM (ET).

For background, statistical information, releases, notes, quotes plus updates on race weekends, go to (www.patrickracing.com).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Gordon Johncock