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Saavedra Earns Verizon P1 at Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Submitted by on Friday, 09 May 2014 13:19

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.

Grand Prix of Indianapolis - May 8 - 10, 2014

Submitted by on Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:15

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

Submitted by on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:24

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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