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

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:06

 

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.

Saavedra Makes History

Friday, 09 May 2014 15:18

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

- May 9, 2014 –

 

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.

 

By Dave Lewandowski

Published: May 9, 2014 at IndyCar.com

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers predicted to "expect the unexpected" on the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Sebastian Saavedra earning the Verizon P1 Award fits into that category, with more to come in the 82-lap race May 10.

Six different teams are represented on the first three rows for the standing start on the Speedway's frontstretch, and Saavedra is the fourth different pole sitter in as many races this season.

Saavedra, whose previous best qualifying effort on a road/street circuit was ninth in the first two events of 2013 (St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park), inherited the top spot in the closing minute of the Firestone Fast Six when the No. 28 DHL car of provisional pole sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay made contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting the final corner of the rain-soaked 2.439-mile, 14-turn. According to the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, Hunter-Reay's quickest two laps of the 10-minute session were disallowed.

Still, Hunter-Reay, coming off a victory in Birmingham, Ala., on April 27, will be on Row 2.

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA
No. 17 KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE


KV AFS Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra who has led two IndyCar races and also had two solid results heading into the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He now sits 13
th in the championship standings with 55 points and just three points away from 10th.

  • Saavedra is entering his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • The 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be Saavedra's 42nd Verizon IndyCar Series start, 27th on a road/street course, fourth with KV AFS and first on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In 41 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Saavedra has earned three top-10 finishes with a best finish of eight last year. 
  • In 26 previous road/street course starts, Saavedra has a career best finish of eighth at Baltimore in 2013.
  • Saavedra's best road/street course qualifying was at Baltimore in 2013 where he started ninth.
  • Saavedra has an oval career best finish of 13th at Milwaukee last year.
  • Saavedra, 23, is a native of Bogota, Columbia. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

 

Sebastian Saavedra results and statistics:   

Career Verizon IndyCar Statistics

Seasons

4

Top-Five

0

IndyCar Starts

41

Top-10

3

Wins

0

Poles

0

Podiums

0

Laps Led

14

2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics

Starts

3

Top-10

1

Wins

0

Poles

0

Podiums

0

Races Led

2

Top-Five

0

Laps Led

14

2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Results

St. Petersburg Q/S/F

11/11/11

Barber Q/S/F

13/13/18

Long Beach Q/S/F

22/22/9

 

 

 

 

 

EXCITED FOR INAUGURAL GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 7, 2014 - KV AFS Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra is excited about the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the newly re-designed road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Speedway, Indiana.

Having tested the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine on the 2.439 mile, 14-turn track last week, Saavedra feels confident that he can continue the solid performances he has had leading up to this new event.Commenting on the upcoming race, Saavedra said, "I am definitely quite excited about the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend. We don't have a track like this on the schedule so it's definitely a plus for IndyCar and the fans. It's a very different track, so every driver has to adapt. The track itself is very smooth, it has more of a European style to it with the introduction of tight corners but still making sure there are lots of passing zones. It will be quite technical, every little mistake will be seen by our times and speed, but it's definitely going to be a fun race to watch."

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