Sebastián Saavedra

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Sebastian Saavedra
Sebastian Saavedra Indy 2011.jpg
Sebastian Saavedra at the 2011 Indy 500
Nationality Colombia Colombian
Born (1990-06-02) June 2, 1990 (age 24)
Bogotá, Colombia
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series
Debut season 2010
Current team KVSH Racing
Car no. 17
Former teams Bryan Herta Autosport (2010)
Conquest Racing(2011)
Andretti Autosport (2012)
Dragon Racing (2013)
Starts 33
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 25th in 2011
Previous series
200910, 2012
2008
2008
2007
2006–2007
200607
Indy Lights
ATS Formel 3 Cup
Austria Formula 3 Cup
Formula BMW Pacific
Formula BMW USA
Formula BMW ADAC
Awards
2009 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year

Sebastian Saavedra (born June 2, 1990) is a Colombian racing driver from Bogotá. He currently drives for KVSH Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After a childhood in karting, Saavedra drove in Formula BMW USA for Gelles Racing, finishing 11th in points. He also drove in two races in Formula BMW ADAC and competed in the Formula BMW World Final, finishing 32nd. In 2007 he switched teams in Formula BMW USA to Eurointernational and captured one win and finished 12th in points despite only competing in 8 of 14 races. He also competed in 6 Formula BMW Asia races capturing 3 wins, two races in Formula BMW ADAC, and finished 4th in the Formula BMW World Final. In 2008 he moved to ATS Formel 3 Cup and finished 2nd in points with 3 wins for HS Technik Motorsport. He also competed in a number of Austria Formula 3 Cup races and finished 9th in points. Sebastian is a well known brony (male fan of my little pony).

Indy Lights and 2010 Indy 500[edit]

In 2009 he signed to drive in the American Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2009 for defending championship team AGR-AFS Racing alongside teammate J. R. Hildebrand. He captured his first Indy Lights win in the fourth race of the season and the first on an oval, at Kansas Speedway in April. In July he won from the pole on the streets of Toronto.

He returned to the series in 2010 for Bryan Herta Autosport and made his IndyCar Series debut in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 driving for the same team.[1] Saavedra was on the bubble during most of qualifying during bump day, and crashed during practice laps while waiting for other drivers to attempt to qualify. While he was in the hospital being checked out, and with no working car to attempt to re-qualify, Saavedra appeared out of the race when Tony Kanaan bettered his time knocking him out of the field. However, when both Paul Tracy and Jay Howard withdrew their successful qualifying times and failed to re-qualify (both felt they would be knocked out by other drivers if they did not improve), Saavedra improbably ended up back in position thirty-three and in the race when time ran out for attempts.[2] Saavedra crashed out in a single car accident on lap 159 and was credited with 23rd place in the race. The following month, Saavedra captured Bryan Herta Autosport's second Indy Lights win in the AvoidTheStork.com 100 at Iowa Speedway.

On September 4, 2010, Sebastian Saavedra officially terminated his contract with Bryan Herta Autosport due to the team's inability to meet contract standards after a string of car failures and negative results.

IndyCar Series[edit]

Saavedra competed in the IndyCar Series season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway for Conquest Racing. He signed on to return to Conquest for the full 2011 IndyCar Series season in the team's #34 car.[3] Driving for the single-car Conquest team, Saavedra's best finish was eleventh in the 2011 São Paulo Indy 300. Saavedra failed to qualify for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 while his one-off teammate Pippa Mann qualified for the race. He was replaced in the Conquest car by João Paulo de Oliveira for the Motegi race and Dillon Battistini at the Kentucky Speedway, but returned to the car for the season finale in Las Vegas, which was cancelled after Dan Wheldon's fatal crash. Saavedra finished 25th in the final championship standings.

For 2012 Saavedra returned to AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport to race a full season in Indy Lights and also drove in the IndyCar Series in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 as well as the series' races at Sonoma Raceway and Auto Club Speedway.

Saavedra qualified 1st with a time of 01:23.8822. He stalled when he was starting and he collied with Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin on the first lap.

Career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2009 AGR-AFS Racing STP1
26
STP2
2
LBH
8
KAN
1
INDY
5
MIL
3
IOW
15
WGL
18
TOR
1
EDM
3
KTY
2
MDO
18
SNM
7
CHI
6
HMS
3
3rd 446
2010 Bryan Herta Autosport STP
12
ALA
3
LBH
4
INDY
9
IOW
1
WGL
3
TOR
14
EDM
6
MDO
5
SNM
15
CHI
11
KTY HMS 8th 303
2012 AFS Racing
Andretti Autosport
STP
3
ALA
1
LBH
2
INDY
5
DET
6
MIL
2
IOW
13
TOR
2
EDM
2
TRO
9
BAL
10
FON
14
4th 383

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2010 Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara Honda SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY
23
TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT 33rd 29
Conquest Racing HMS
16
2011 Conquest Racing Dallara Honda STP
13
ALA
26
LBH
14
SAO
11
INDY
DNQ
TXS
28
TXS
29
MIL
23
IOW
20
TOR
25
EDM
16
MDO
27
NHM
15
SNM
14
BAL
13
MOT KTY LVS1
C
25th 178
2012 AFS Racing
Andretti Autosport
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
26
DET TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM
15
BAL FON
21
27th 41
2013 Dragon Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
20
ALA
20
LBH
27
SAO
19
INDY
32
DET
22
DET
10
TXS
14
MIL
13
IOW
19
POC
23
TOR
16
TOR
15
MDO
19
SNM
21
BAL
8
HOU
14
HOU
12
FON
24
21st 236
2014 KV Racing Technology Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
11
LBH
9
ALA
18
IMS
23
INDY
15
DET
14
DET
22
TXS
17
HOU
15
HOU
17
POC
15
IOW
17
TOR
19
TOR
21
MDO
20
MIL
18
SNM
16
FON
17
21st 291
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
5 5 33 1 0 0 3 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2010 Dallara Honda 32 23 Bryan Herta Autosport
2011 Dallara Honda DNQ Conquest Racing
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 24 26 Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 27 32 Dragon Racing
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 32 15 KV Racing Technology

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryan Herta Autosport to contest Indy 500, AutoWeek, February 24, 2010, Retrieved 2010-03-07
  2. ^ Kanaan crashes again at practice, still makes cut at Indy CBSSports.com May 23, 2010
  3. ^ Saavedra Joins Conquest For 2011, Speed, March 14, 2011, Retrieved 2011-03-15

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