Sebastian Saavedra
Sebastian  Saavedra
Chip Ganassi Racing
Sebastian Saavedra
rank
25
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Jun 2, 1990
8 Columbia Road To Indy Graduate
Hometown
Bogota, Colombia
Residence
Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra joined Firestone Indy Lights in 2009 with AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport before moving to second-year team Bryan Herta Autosport for the 2010 season. He won from the pole at Iowa Speedway in June 2010.

He made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Bryan Herta Autosport in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver born in the 1990s to compete in the Indy 500 and the third from Colombia (Roberto Guerrero and Juan Pablo Montoya). He also ran in the season finale at Homestead-Miami that year. 

He competed the 2011 IndyCar Series season with Conquest Racing and finished a career-best 11th at the race in Brazil after starting 23rd. Saavedra returned to Firestone Indy Lights in 2012 with AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport, finishing fourth in the championship. He joined Dragon Racing for the 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series season and drove for AFS KVAFS Racing in 2014.

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CAREER STATS
YEARS SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 5 0 0 0 1 12 4
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 1 0 1 14 13
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 0 0 0 2 0 12
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 0 0 0 0 0 9
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 61 0 1 0 4 26 40
YEARS SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2012 Indy Lights 14 1 1 9 12 40 11
2010 Indy Lights 11 1 0 5 7 119 8
2009 Indy Lights 15 2 2 8 11 156 14

* Under INDYCAR sanction

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

First Start
May 30, 2010
Indianapolis 500
First Pole
May 9, 2014
Indianapolis GP

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2014
    • Finished 21st in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for AFS KV/AFS Racing.
    • Recorded top-10 finish at Long Beach (ninth).
    • Earned pole for inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
    • Led two races for total of 14 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 21st in IndyCar Series standings for Dragon Racing.
    • Recorded two top-10 finishes, with best of eighth at Baltimore.
  • 2012
    • Competed in three IndyCar Series races for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, with best finish of 15th at Sonoma.
  • 2011
    • Competed in 14 IndyCar Series races for Conquest Racing, with a best finish of 11th at Sao Paulo.
  • 2010
    • Competed in two IndyCar Series events, making his debut at the Indianapolis 500 with Bryan Herta Autosport.
    • Finished 16th for Conquest Racing at Homestead.

Sebastian's Road To Indy

  • 2012
    • Earned victory at Barber and had six other top-five finishes.
    • Finished fourth in Firestone Indy Lights standings for Andretti Autosport.
    • Scored poles at Barber, Long Beach and season finale at Fontana.
  • 2010
    • Finished eighth in Firestone Indy Lights standings, with win at Iowa Speedway.
  • 2009
    • Finished third in Firestone Indy Lights for AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing with two wins.
    • Won at Kansas and Toronto.
    • Named 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Rookie of the Year.
  • 2008
    • Finished second in ATS Formel 3 Cup in Germany with three wins, four poles and eight podium finishes.
    • Won races at Hockenheim, Assen and Oschersleben.
    • Competed in Austrian Formula 3 races, finishing ninth.
  • 2007
    • Finished eighth in Formula BMW USA for EuroInternational with a win and four podiums in eight starts.
    • Won three of six starts in Formula BMW Asia and had one podium finish in two starts in Formula BMW ADAC in Germany.
    • Finished fourth in Formula BMW World Final.
  • 2006
    • Finished 11th in Formula BMW USA for Gelles Racing.
    • Made two starts in Formula BMW ADAC in Germany and competed in the Formula BMW World Final.
  • Early Career
    • Began karting at age 10 and competed in go-karting events in throughout South America and in Europe.