Patrick gives CART a boost

After receiving the bombshell news that Andretti Green Racing is defecting to the rival Indy Racing League taking three stars drivers with it, CART received a much-needed shot in the arm as Patrick Racing talked up its chances of running more than one car in 2003

Patrick gives CART a boost

Patrick downgraded to just one entry for Spaniard Oriol Servia this year, but Patrick's Jim McGee said that the operation wants to go back to two for next season.

"We definitely would like to run a second car next year," McGee said. "We have the capacity here and the equipment and everything. It's a matter of dollars and cents and whether or not from a business standpoint we can find the sponsorship and the money to run a second car."

The team was a front runner in 2001 when it ran Jimmy Vasser and Roberto Moreno, and McGee admitted that he'd like to have the 1996 CART champion back in the fold next season.

"You know, I'd love to have Jimmy Vasser as a team-mate with Oriol," he said. "Jimmy drove for us last year, did a great job, but we had his typical bad luck in a lot of issues. I think he and Oriol would be a great combination.

"Again, you know, there's a lot of talent out there right now, and a lot of great guys looking for rides. The driver issue isn't the problem, but we would always want to make sure that we had a good fit between Oriol and whoever else."

Patrick Racing boss Pat Patrick was a founding-father of CART back in 1978.

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