Visteon/Patrick Racing ready for Brands

Visteon/Patrick Racing believes it will have several advantages over the competition, when the 2003 CART World Series, presented by Bridgestone and powered by Ford, takes to the famous track at Brands Hatch, UK, this weekend

Visteon/Patrick Racing ready for Brands

Most prominent of these is general manager Jim McGee who was chief mechanic on the car that won the USAC event held there in 1978. McGee, in his 44th year of open wheel competition, has the most wins of any chief mechanic/manager in USAC/CART history. Predictably, he has downplayed this fact but acknowledges that having raced at Brands in the past will provide some insight.

"It has been such a long time since we raced at Brands Hatch so any data we may still have is inconsequential," he said. "It is the same circuit we ran in 1978, but the surface has changed and the cars we compete with today are completely different. Having said that, certainly, there are a few things you learn about a circuit whenever you race."

The team's director of operations, Steve Krisiloff, also competed for Patrick Racing at Brands Hatch in '78. Krisiloff qualified 12th, but had to switch to another team's backup car for the race. The replacement immediately developed mechanical problems, so Krisiloff did not start the race. However, his track time did him some knowledge of the racing line and how the cars reacted to set-up changes.

"It was difficult to get the set-up right and that will be the biggest issue for the teams," he said. "When you have a circuit that is short, it is especially important to qualify up front. You cant' afford to get caught behind a slow car and get lapped by the leader."

For Spanish driver, Oriol Sevia, it will be as close to home as he has raced since joining the Champ Car series. For once, his family will be able to 'pop in' to see him at the office, without losing sleep over it.

"I am looking forward to racing at Brands Hatch," he said. "I drove the Formula 1 track in 1993, in a Formula Renault, and even though we will not be racing on that circuit, to be competing at one of the most famous racing venues in the world will be very exciting. What is going to make the Brands Hatch race really special is that it will be like a home race for me. I have a lot of friends coming from Barcelona and it will be great to see everyone.

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a very good test in Arizona and learned a lot of things that should help us at Brands Hatch. It is very important that we have a good result in England so we can get back into the championship hunt. It is just a matter of continuing to work had and I am sure we will start scoring the points we feel we deserve," he said.

shares
comments
Ferrari Challenge, Spa: Shovlin on pole

Previous article

Ferrari Challenge, Spa: Shovlin on pole

Next article

Fittipaldi excited by Brands Hatch return

Fittipaldi excited by Brands Hatch return
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020