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KV Afs Racing Driver Saavedra Qualified 22nd For Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach
Posted by: newsla on Apr 13, 2014 - 07:44 AM
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KV Afs Racing Driver Saavedra Qualified 22nd For Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach

KV AFS driver Sebastian Saavedra qualifies 22nd for tomorrow's 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach, CA.


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Saavedra driving the No. 17 KV AFS Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry went out in group two in round one of qualifying on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit. He posted a time of 68.9619 seconds (102.735 mph), which placed him 11th out of 12 drivers and therefore didn't advance to the next round.

"It has been a rough weekend so far," said Saavedra. "The setups we had previously been trying hadn't been working, so we made a drastic change before qualifying. Looking at how Bourdais' car was running, it was a no brainer to switch to his setup, but unfortunately not enough time to fully to adapt the car. I do feel comfortable with the KV AFS car and believe we have good race car and will focus on learning from it and having a positive day tomorrow."

The 23-year-old will be making his third Verizon IndyCar Series start at Long Beach this weekend. In two previous races, Saavedra has had a best starting position of 15th and a best finish of 14th, both in 2011. A graduate of the Indy Lights Series, Saavedra has experienced success here. While racing in the junior series, he never finished outside of the top-10 and in his three previous attempts at Long Beach had a best finish of second in 2012.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Saavedra has been among the youngest drivers in nearly every series he has competed in. He joined the Firestone Indy Lights just before his 19th birthday and that year was awarded Rookie of the Year Honors with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. He moved to Bryan Herta Autosport for 2010 where he made his Indianapolis 500 debut becoming the third Colombian driver to do so. Saavedra then stepped up to the IndyCar Series in 2011 with Conquest Racing before returning to Indy Lights in 2012. Last year he spent the entire season back in IndyCar with Dragon Racing.

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