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Saavedra is the Sunoco Pole Award winner for tomorrow's Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100

on Friday, 14 September 2012 14:48

Sebastian Saavedra, Team AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport, No. 27

Saavedra is the Sunoco Pole Award winner for tomorrow's Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100. He will also qualify for the MAVTV100 to race both Firestone Indy Lights and the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend.

"It was great to have Carlos go ahead of us, he gave me great information that I used for my run, and that was it. We've had great cars, we tested here very early in the season and for sure, we built up good momentum. I am very excited about this pole, it's one more point that we have in the championship. For me, there is one more qualifying session to go."  

Iowa post-Race Report

Submitted by on Sunday, 24 June 2012 00:00

With the heavy late afternoon rains, the Firestone Indy Lights race was moved late into the night, following the IndyCar race. It wasn't the expected results for the two Andretti cars as Carlos Munoz finished seventh and Sebastian Saavedra dropped out of the race with a broken right front brake rotor.

"I am disappointed with the outcome of the race," said Munoz of his Dialy-Ser entry. "We struggled a lot throughout the weekend and were never very close to the top of the speed charts. We have to use this race as a learning experience and concentrate on the circuits that we have ahead."

"It was a sad race for the whole AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport crew," said Saavedra, who leaped from his fourth-place starting spot into second place on the first lap, but then fell victim to the brake issues. "We have been doing such a job the whole season and this failure really wasn't what we needed because we are very focused on the overall season and championship points. There was an unfortunate situation where the front right brake rotor broke. This is something that is quite unusual, but took us out of the race. I feel bad for the team because we were looking good today. I have to stay focused and keep positive knowing that there are still five races to go and anything can happen. We can't let other points get away from us."

SEBASTIAN TO PILOT AFS RACING/ANDRETTI AT SONOMA

Submitted by on Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:00

Saavedra to serve as test driver for Andretti Autosport’s IZOD IndyCar Series test session at Sonoma Raceway

INDIANAPOLIS (July 13, 2012) – AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport announced today that they will again join forces as co-entrants of the No. 17 IZOD IndyCar Series entry to be driven by Sebastian Saavedra at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. As the official test driver for Andretti Autosport, the Colombian-born driver will test the AFS Racing Chevrolet at the Sonoma Raceway August 17 alongside teammates Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Saavedra, 22, also drove the No. 17 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport INDYCAR entry at this year’s Indianapolis 500. He recorded the fastest practice lap of the day on May 13, and went on to a 26th place-finish after experiencing mechanical problems.

Saavedra is currently participating full-time in the Firestone Indy Lights series, where he is third in the championship point standings. He and the No. 27 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport crew have a victory and five podium finishes in eight races so far this season.

Saavedra finished third in the Indy Lights championship and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors during the 2009 season driving for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. Saavedra made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Bryan Herta Autosport at the 2010 Indianapolis 500, and after running a partial IndyCar season with Conquest Racing in 2011, he has returned to the Indy Lights category to familiarize himself with the tracks and to race against many of the top up-and-coming young drivers in the series.

The AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport pairing has enjoyed success, winning two Firestone Indy Lights championships in 2008 with driver Raphael Matos and 2009 with JR Hildebrand. AFS/Andretti also joined forces in 2009 and 2010 with IZOD IndyCar Series entries piloted by Franck Montagny and Adam Carroll.

GARY PETERSON, OWNER, AFS RACING: “I’m very proud of Sebastian. Clearly, deciding to run the full season of Firestone Indy Lights was the right one. He’s been able to gauge the up-and-coming drivers while having an opportunity to run with the IndyCar drivers at the Andretti Autosport team. He’s gotten more oval and road course experience, test driven the IndyCars, and run the Indy 500. Now, he’s getting another IndyCar opportunity at Sonoma. Everything we’re doing is putting Seb in an excellent position to build upon his future and help set the stage for a great AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 2013 program. Seb is from an amazing Colombian family. They are a caring, close family and have become very dear friends of my family. He is a talented driver with a great attitude; he has what it takes to become an IndyCar champion.”

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