Verizon IndyCar Series - Sebastian Saavedra

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  • Columbia
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Driver Info
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All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
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  • Indy 500 Wins
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  • Total Poles
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Biography of Sebastian Saavedra

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 entire 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 is driving for AFS KVAFS Racing in 2014.

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: May 30, 2010 (Indianapolis)
First pole: May 10, 2014 (Grand Prix of Indianapolis)

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.
• Finished fourth in Firestone Indy Lights standings for Andretti Autosport.
• Earned victory at Barber and had six other top-five finishes.
• Earned pole at Barber, Long Beach and season finale at Fontana.

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.
• Finished eighth in Firestone Indy Lights standings, with win at Iowa Speedway.

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2009
• Finished third in Firestone Indy Lights for AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing with two wins.
• Won at Kansas and Toronto.
• Named 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.
• Also 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.

 

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
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 56 0 1 0 3 14 36
Year 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
Total 40 4 3 22 30 315 33
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
KV AFS Racing

KV AFS Racing is led by venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven, 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser and AFS Racing owner Gary Peterson.

Peterson, the founder of Automatic Fire Sprinklers, formed the team in 2002 and was its original driver in Indy Lights. The team earned the Indy Lights championship in 2008 and 2009. AFS Racing began competing in the IndyCar Series in 2009.