Edmonton Highlights 2012

Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:00

Edmonton Highlights FIL 2012

Saavedra to serve as test driver for Andretti Autosport’s IZOD IndyCar Series test session at Sonoma Raceway

INDIANAPOLIS (July 13, 2012) – AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport announced today that they will again join forces as co-entrants of the No. 17 IZOD IndyCar Series entry to be driven by Sebastian Saavedra at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. As the official test driver for Andretti Autosport, the Colombian-born driver will test the AFS Racing Chevrolet at the Sonoma Raceway August 17 alongside teammates Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Saavedra, 22, also drove the No. 17 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport INDYCAR entry at this year’s Indianapolis 500. He recorded the fastest practice lap of the day on May 13, and went on to a 26th place-finish after experiencing mechanical problems.

Saavedra is currently participating full-time in the Firestone Indy Lights series, where he is third in the championship point standings. He and the No. 27 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport crew have a victory and five podium finishes in eight races so far this season.

Saavedra finished third in the Indy Lights championship and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors during the 2009 season driving for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. Saavedra made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Bryan Herta Autosport at the 2010 Indianapolis 500, and after running a partial IndyCar season with Conquest Racing in 2011, he has returned to the Indy Lights category to familiarize himself with the tracks and to race against many of the top up-and-coming young drivers in the series.

The AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport pairing has enjoyed success, winning two Firestone Indy Lights championships in 2008 with driver Raphael Matos and 2009 with JR Hildebrand. AFS/Andretti also joined forces in 2009 and 2010 with IZOD IndyCar Series entries piloted by Franck Montagny and Adam Carroll.

GARY PETERSON, OWNER, AFS RACING: “I’m very proud of Sebastian. Clearly, deciding to run the full season of Firestone Indy Lights was the right one. He’s been able to gauge the up-and-coming drivers while having an opportunity to run with the IndyCar drivers at the Andretti Autosport team. He’s gotten more oval and road course experience, test driven the IndyCars, and run the Indy 500. Now, he’s getting another IndyCar opportunity at Sonoma. Everything we’re doing is putting Seb in an excellent position to build upon his future and help set the stage for a great AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 2013 program. Seb is from an amazing Colombian family. They are a caring, close family and have become very dear friends of my family. He is a talented driver with a great attitude; he has what it takes to become an IndyCar champion.”

Driver History

Monday, 09 July 2012 01:16

One of the founding teams of the Indy Pro Series, AFS Racing is beginning its seventh season of competition. The team has competed in nearly every Indy Pro Series race, earning over 40 top-5 finishes since its inception and collecting its first Championship win during the Indy Lights 2008 season.


Sebastian Saavedra Raphael Matos Marco Andretti Rocky Moran Jr
Martin Plowman Adam Carroll Jaime Camara Jay Drake
Charlie Kimball Arie Luyendyk Jr Thiago Medeiros G.J. Mennen
Franck Montagny Wade Cunningham Tyce Carlson Scott Harrington
JR Hildebrand Alex lloyd Phil Giebler  




Meet the owner

Monday, 09 July 2012 00:55

California native, Gary Peterson, Peterson has been racing most of his life. He began his career racing motocross. From there, he moved up to single seat race cars with Score Int., participating throughout the Western United States and Baja, Mexico, including well-known events like the Mint 400, Baja 500 and 1000. After a chance meeting with Louie Unser (brother of Al and Bobby Unser), who encouraged Peterson to try his hand at open wheel racing, Peterson joined the Bosch Super Vee Series. After several years racing Super Vee, he made his way to the Pro Atlantics Series, which later became Toyota Atlantics.


Peterson watched as over the years many drivers became grounded due to lack of funding, so he founded one of the nation’s most successful fire sprinkler companies, Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. in order to financially assist him in pursuing his passion for racing. His corporate success has enabled him to enjoy decades of racing. He has also utilized racing as an advertising and client hospitality platform for Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.


Toronto Highlights 2012

Saturday, 07 July 2012 00:00

Toronto Highlights FIL 2012

About The Team

Friday, 06 July 2012 05:39

AFS Racing is owned by Gary Peterson, the founder of Automatic Fire Sprinklers. The team was formed in 2002 and was one of the founding members of the Infiniti Pro Series (now Indy Lights).


Friday, 06 July 2012 05:30

Milwaukee Race Report

Friday, 06 July 2012 03:50

Sebastian Saavedra, Team AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport, No. 27 Saavedra finished today's race second, after starting third. This is his fourth podium so far this season.

"It was a good race in the #27 car. I am a bit disappointed because I wanted first place very badly. I gave it my best, but it was just not good enough. It is a bit of déjà vu getting first, second and third again with Vautier and Guerrieri. Today was important points for the championship. I just need to stay focused and look ahead. A big thanks to my AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport crew for all of their hard work. I am very happy and looking forward to what is next."