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Disappointing First Race For KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra In Detroit
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 08:18 AM
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Disappointing First Race For KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra In Detroit

KV AFS driver Sebastian Saavedra finished 14th for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on Belle Isle, Michigan.


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Qualifying for race one was held this morning and Saavedra spent the majority of the session running in the top-six on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit. Unfortunately when the checkered flag was shown and the final laps were completed, Saavedra's best lap of 78.3866 seconds couldn't keep him there and as a result the No. 17 KV AFS car started race one 13th.

When the green flag was shown for the 70-lap race this afternoon, Saavedra remained consistently in the same position. He felt the car had pretty good balance and if anything just a little bit of understeer. However, when he switched to the Firestone alternate (red) tires on lap 17, within 10 laps Saavedra started noticing the rear end of the car was becoming lose and a few laps later pitted early to go back to a new set of black tires. From then on he battled with the cars ahead and withheld pressure from those behind. The team took a gamble to pit when the race went back to green for the third time on lap 45 in the hope that yellows would play in their favor and fuel could then be saved. Unfortunately despite Saavedra managing to work his way up to 10th place and at the same time save fuel, he came up just short on the final lap and had to relinquish positions, to finish 14th. He picked up 16 points in race 1 and sits 19th in the championship with 117 points, 35 away from 10th.

Commenting on today's result, Saavedra said, "It was a disappointing result to be honest. The race was long with a lot of battles and apart from when we were on reds, the KV AFS car was strong. Unfortunately we had to save a lot of fuel and eventually ran out on the last lap, which cost us three positions. We need to move on and focus on tomorrow and lets hope for a good result tomorrow."

Saavedra made his third start on the Belle Isle street circuit today. Last year he recorded his first IndyCar top-10 finish in the second race and had his best qualifying of 11th in the first race. Qualifications for Race 2 will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET and the field will be split into two groups with each group getting 12 minutes of track time to set the starting lineup.

The 23-year-old from Bogota, Colombia, has been among the youngest drivers in nearly every series he has competed in. He joined 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 in 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.

Race 2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. (ET) June 1st. IMS Radio Network coverage is augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also can be heard on network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213.

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