Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park - Birmingham, AL
Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park
Race Complete


Sebastian Saavedra
AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport
Tristan Vautier
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Esteban Guerrieri
Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Race Recap

Sebastian Saavedra's return to Firestone Indy Lights is off to a quick start.

The native of Colombia, who turns 22 on June 2, outpaced the 15-car field in efficient manner in the 40-lap Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. It was the fourth victory in the series for Saavedra, driving the No. 27 Team AFS car, and first this season.

Saavedra, starting from the pole, had a comfortable advantage over Tristan Vautier halfway through the race. But Vautier closed the gap to 0.8079 with 10 laps to go as they caught traffic, and a full-course caution for the No. 28 Forsythe/EMC/Barracuda Networks car of Troy Castaneda for Bryan Herta Autosport making contact with the tires in Turn 6 provided Vautier the opportunity to get a run on the Lap 36 restart.

Saavedra got the jump that time, and another full-course caution on Lap 38 for the No. 26 Team Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport driven by Carlos Munoz (running fourth) making contact with the barrier in Turn 12 sealed the deal as the race finished under caution.

"The car was great in the beginning," Saavedra said. "We were able to manage a very good gap on Tristan and at some point we started saving tires. It didn’t work very well. I think when I needed the tires to help me out when Tristan was getting close to me they were not there. Fortunately, it was only five laps to go."

About the track

Barber Motorsports Park

The 2.38-mile permanent road course has 17 flowing turns and features 80 feet of elevation change that challenge drivers and engineers. A 45-foot-wide racing ribbon also makes it imperative for patience while setting up overtaking opportunities.

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Past track winners

Pato O'Ward (R2) / 2018
Pato O'Ward (R1) / 2018
Colton Herta (R2) / 2017
Nico Jamin (R1) / 2017
Santiago Urrutia (R2) / 2016
Ed Jones (R1) / 2016
Spencer Pigot (R2) / 2015
Spencer Pigot (R1) / 2015
Gabby Chaves (R2) / 2014
Zach Veach (R1) / 2014
Carlos Munoz / 2013
Sebastian Saavedra / 2012
Victor Garcia / 2011
JK Vernay / 2010