Saavedra No. 17 Current Stats

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 16:27

 

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA

No. 17 KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

by Kevin Diamond

  

Firestone 600 - June 6-7, 2014

KV AFS Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra has put last month behind him and is ready to take on the high-banked oval at Texas Motor Speedway.  He is coming off a mixed doubleheader weekend in Detroit which saw him earn his best qualifying (ninth) in race two, but could only manage a best finish of 14th in race one. Saavedra sits 21st in the championship standings with 125 points, 16 from 15th.

Saavedra Ready to Return to Texas

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 16:24

 

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA IS READY TO RETURN TO OVAL RACING AT TEXAS THIS WEEKEND

By Kevin Diamond


INDIANAPOLIS, IN -
June 3, 2014 - Sebastian Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 KV AFS Racing entry, has an open mind going into this weekend's Firestone 600, June 6-7 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Saavedra, who turned 24 on Monday, will be making his fourth start under the lights on the 1.5-mile high banked oval at TMS.  In his previous three races he has a best finish of 14th,last year and a best start of 11th in Race 1 in 2011. The team had a successful test there earlier this season and Saavedra feels confident that he will have a good racecar on Saturday night.

Day Ends Early for Saavedra In Detroit

Monday, 02 June 2014 10:59

DAY ENDS EARLY FOR SAAVEDRA IN DETROIT

DETROIT, MI

By Kevin Diamond KV/AFS Racing

A long doubleheader weekend came to an early end when a mistake by KV AFS driver Sebastian Saavedra caused him to make contact with the wall and finish 22nd for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on Belle Isle, Michigan.

 

Qualifying for for Race 2 this morning, saw the field split into two groups with each group getting 12 minutes of track time to determine the starting grid. Saavedra went out in group two and after just two laps the red flag was brought out due to debris on the track from Ryan Hunter-Reay's contact with the wall. With five minutes remaining, the track went green and on the final lap, Saavedra set his best time of 77.0688 seconds, which put him ninth on the grid.

DISAPPOINTING FIRST RACE FOR KV AFS RACING'S SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA IN DETROIT

By Kevin Diamond KV/AFS Racing

When the green flag was shown for the 70-lap race this afternoon, Saavedra remained consistently in the same position. He felt the car had pretty good balance and if anything just a little bit of understeer. However, when he switched to the Firestone alternate (red) tires on lap 17, within 10 laps Saavedra started noticing the rear end of the car was becoming lose and a few laps later pitted early to go back to a new set of black tires. From then on he battled with the cars ahead and withheld pressure from those behind. The team took a gamble to pit when the race went back to green for the third time on lap 45 in the hope that yellows would play in their favor and fuel could then be saved. Unfortunately despite Saavedra managing to work his way up to 10th place and at the same time save fuel, he came up just short on the final lap and had to relinquish positions, to finish 14th. He picked up 16 points in race 1 and sits 19th in the championship with 117 points, 35 away from 10th.

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA IS EAGER TO RETURN TO THE CHEVROLET INDY DUAL IN DETROIT
By Kevin Diamond

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 27, 2014 - Sebastian Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 KV AFS Racing car is eager to return to the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, May 30-June 1.

Last year, making his Detroit doubleheader debut, the 23-year-old recorded his first IndyCar top-10 finish in the second race. This year, he will be looking to go one further when he competes on the 2.36 mile, 13-turn Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit.

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. 

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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