"It's hard to believe that this is the same car that was involved in the big accident last weekend," said Saavedra. "I am so proud of the KV AFS Racing guys, they did an amazing job putting the car back together in two days. We lost a lot of time on track, but we are here and the car feels good. To be at the same pace as my teammates with a car that is not fully build for this event is a great feeling. We haven't focused so much time on the qualifying trim, so I know we have a good race car and now we focus on the race next weekend."
Saavedra qualified for his first Indy 500 in 2010 at age 19. He has since made two more starts, with his best qualifying of 24th in 2012 and his best finish of 23rd in 2010.
The 23-year-old, from Bogota, Colombia has been among the youngest drivers in nearly every series he has competed in. He joined the Firestone Indy Lights just before his 19th birthday and that year was awarded Rookie of the Year Honors with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. He moved to Bryan Herta Autosport for 2010 where he made his Indianapolis 500 debut becoming the third Colombian driver to do so. Saavedra then stepped up to the IndyCar Series in 2011 with Conquest Racing before returning to Indy Lights in 2012. Last year he spent the entire season back in IndyCar with Dragon Racing.
Qualifications tomorrow will be broadcast on ABC from 1-3 p.m. (ET). IMS Radio Network coverage is augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also can be heard on network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213.