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Saavedra Ready to Return to Texas

Submitted by on 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

Submitted by on 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 Saavedra in Detroit

Submitted by on Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

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.

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