First lap incident ends Visteon/Patrick Racing's Molson Indy Vancouver; Servia finishes 16th. VANCOUVER, CANADA - SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2003 -- Round ...
First lap incident ends Visteon/Patrick Racing's Molson Indy Vancouver; Servia finishes 16th.
VANCOUVER, CANADA - SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2003 -- Round #11 - 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season - An incident on the first lap ended Visteon/Patrick Racing's Molson Indy Vancouver race today on the Concorde Pacific Place temporary street circuit in Vancouver, Canada.
Driver Oriol Servia, behind the wheel of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, which is powered by Ford/Cosworth and uses a Lola chassis with Bridgestone tires, narrowly avoid a crash in Turn #1 on the opening lap only to get entangled with Tiago Monteiro shortly thereafter. The incident, which caused extensive damage to Servia's right rear suspension, knocked him out of the race. He finished in 16th place.
"At the start of the race we went into the first corner and someone crashed, so everyone starting braking," Servia began. "I almost got together with (Darren) Manning, but we managed to avoid contact. However, I had to go to the outside and (Mario) Haberfeld passed me. Then (Tiago) Monteiro decided to pass me, but I had the inside line on the next corner. At first I thought he was gone, but he put his left front wheel in front of my right rear and I went up in the air. When I came down I broke the right rear suspension," he explained. "It is a shame because the Visteon/Patrick Racing car was really great in the morning warm-up and we thought we had a chance to finish on the podium today," Servia concluded.
This is just the second time Servia has failed to finish in the points in 11 races this season. It is his second lowest showing of the season behind an 18th place performance in Monterrey, Mexico and his lowest finish in four starts at Vancouver. It also brings an end to several streaks that have established a number of personal career records for the native of Spain. Servia had finished in the top-six in seven consecutive races, placed in the top-10 seven straight times and finished in the points in eight consecutive events. The resident of Miami, Florida has now set or tied his career high finish at six of the nine tracks CART has raced on in the past, including career best showings in five of the last six events. He has finished in the top five in five of his last eight races and in the points in nine of the 11 events this year. Servia is sixth in the championship standings with 76 points.
In 64 CART career starts, Servia has earned 30 top-ten finishes including 11 top-five showings with two podiums performances. In 21 starts for Visteon/Patrick Racing, he has finished in the points 14 times with 11 top- 10 finishes including seven top-five showings and one podium (Milwaukee).
Patrick Racing has now finished in the top-10 eight times in 16 starts in Vancouver including three podiums with one win (Roberto Moreno - '01) in their previous 15 races.
Next up for Visteon/Patrick Racing is the Grand Prix of Road America, August 1-3 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.