KV/AFS RACING SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA FINISHES 15TH AT THE 2014 INDIANAPOLIS 500
By Kevin Diamond, KV/AFS Racing
May 25, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 25, 2014 - KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra climbed 17 positions today to finish 15th at the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.
Saavedra started 32nd in his No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone. He immediately moved up five spots on the first lap and by the time he made his second stop was running 21st. He began struggling with understeer and pace from the car and when the second yellow flag was shown, the crew made a rear and front wing change. With laps running out, drivers began taking more risks and the yellow flags were becoming more common. With 10 laps to go, the red flag was shown for the amount of debris on track from his teammate Townsend Bell's accident in turn two. Saavedra had sustained a broken front end plate from that prior restart, but with just five laps remaining courageously opted to stay out and was rewarded with 15th, his best finish in four Indy 500 attempts. 

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By Kevin Diamond

Published: May 19, 2014 

KV AFS RACING SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA QUALIFIES FOR THE 2014 INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 19, 2014 - KV AFS Racing Sebastian Saavedra has qualified for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. 

Under the new 2014 Indy 500 qualifying format, Saavedra was assured a spot in the race after Saturday's first round of qualifying when he placed his No. 17 KV AFS Racing car 26th on the speed charts. However, it wasn't until yesterday that he knew where he would be starting. 

By Kevin Diamond

Published: May 19, 2014

KV AFS RACING SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA QUALIFIES FOR THE 2014 INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 18, 2014 - KV AFS Racing Sebastian Saavedra has qualified for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. 


Under the new 2014 Indy 500 qualifying format, Saavedra was assured a spot in the race after yesterday's first round of qualifying when he placed his No. 17 KV AFS Racing car 26
th on the speed charts. However, it wasn't until today that he knew where he would be starting. 

All times from yesterday were erased and the order for group one was the reverse of Saturday's rankings. Therefore, Saavedra went out eighth for his one qualifying attempt and posted a four lap average of 288.088 mph which puts him 32nd on the grid.

 

By Kevin Diamond

 

KV AFS RACING SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA PLACES 26TH IN ROUND ONE OF QUALIFYING FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 17, 2014 - KV AFS Racing Sebastian Saavedra has placed 26th in round one of qualifying for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.  
Saavedra, driving the No. 17 KV AFS Racing car, was 20th in line for his qualifying attempt. He completed the four laps with an average speed of 228.294 mph, which securely puts him in the field for this year's Indianapolis 500. The starting positions for the 33 cars, including the Verizon Pole Award, will be determined tomorrow. Saavedra will be in group one (positions 10-30) and will make one attempt with his four-lap average determining his starting position. 

By Dave Lewandowski

Published: May 13, 2014

Sebastian Saavedra pulled on his helmet and stepped into the No. 17 KV AFS Racing car May 13 just like he had dozens of times. He logged only seven laps in the red and yellow car before the Indianapolis 500 practice session was curtailed by rain with three hours left, but it was significant.

The pole sitter for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, who was uninjured after being involved in a multi-car incident on the standing start of the 82-lap race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, made his debut on the 2.5-mile oval during practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

“It was good mentally for him and the whole team,” said two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., who is serving as the driver coach for the four-car KV Racing Technology stable this month. “The crew on this team has done a fantastic job getting the car together. They started (May 11, Opening Day of Indy 500 practice) with the car down to the tub and built from there. It was a great achievement and important for Sebastian to get out there in.”

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KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra made history today by winning the pole and the Verizon P1 Award for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

 

 

UPSETTING END TO A PERFECT BEGINNING FOR KV AFS RACING'S SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA INDIANAPOLIS, IN

- May 10, 2014 - KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra's race was over before it started today for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Saavedra made history yesterday when he claimed the first pole position for the GP of Indianapolis and also secured the first pole in his IndyCar career. However, the memorable moment was short-lived when the cars got ready for the standing start today. As the green flag was shown, Saavedra's hand was waving to officials that his No. 17 KV AFS Racing car had stalled. While he sat helplessly on the grid, the other drivers frantically tried to dodge him as they launched away from their starting spots, but Carlos Munoz couldn't avoid him and then Mikhail Aleshin slammed hard into the rear of the car and Saavedra's day was ended.

KV AFS RACING'S SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA MAKES HISTORY AT THE INAUGURAL GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANAPOLIS, IN 

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KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra made history today by winning the pole and the Verizon P1 Award for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Driving the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, Saavedra went out in the first group for round one of qualifying on the newly re-designed 2.439 mile 14-turn track. He was able to set a fast time of 70.1443 seconds, which put him in fifth place, so he advanced to the second round. Just prior to the second session, a brief heavy rainstorm struck the speedway and track conditions became exceedingly wet. Saavedra spent the session hovering just outside the top-six, but on the final lap laid down his fastest time of the round (74.1972 seconds) to put him fifth and into the Firestone Fast Six for the first time in his IndyCar career. Just as the green flag was shown for the final qualifying round, the heavy rain returned and the red flag came out. A fan of the rain, Saavedra then made the most of his time on track when it went back to green. He set a fast time of 73.8822 seconds on lap three, which put him into first for a brief moment, before being moved back by Ryan Hunter-Reay. However, in the closing minute, Hunter-Reay made contact with the wall and his fastest two laps were disallowed, putting Saavedra on pole (the first in his IndyCar career) when the checkered was shown.