Servia Signs for Remainder of 2002 Season
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This is his third season in CART

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2002) - Team owner and co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. U. E. "Pat" Patrick has announced that Spaniard Oriol Servia will pilot the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota/Reynard/Bridgestone for the remainder of the 2002 FedEx Championship Series season.

Servia, 28, who originally joined Visteon/Patrick Racing at the end of July for a five-race trial, has impressed the team with both his knowledge and driving talent.

"Oriol has done a good job for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team since joining us over a month ago," said Patrick. "He is a tremendous driving talent who has worked very well with our engineering staff and mechanics. We are pleased to be able to give him the opportunity to continue racing with our team as we pursue our goal of winning races."

Servia, who is in his third CART season (48 starts), has been competitive in every Champ Car event he has contested this season.

"I am very proud and happy that Mr. Patrick has the confidence in me to allow me to continue racing with the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team," Servia said. "We have been very competitive, but have not achieved the results we wanted. I am grateful for the chance to continue the work the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has started. With the progress we have made so far, these next five events should give us the opportunity to reach our goal of winning races."

Servia began the year by running the first three races with PWR Championship Racing. When PWR ceased operations he sat out the next six contests before making his debut with Visteon/Patrick Racing. Servia has finished in the points in five of his eight starts this year and in the top-10 three times including a season best sixth place showing in Motegi, Japan after starting 20th on the grid. He is 19th in the championship race with 18 points.

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