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2014 Houston: Sebastian Saavedra IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 07:30 AM
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2014 Houston: Sebastian Saavedra IndyCar Race Preview

Automatic Fire Sprinklers - KV AFS Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra has adapted his training routine to take on the heat and high humidity that is expected this weekend for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers, June 27-29, on the streets of Houston, Texas.


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Saavedra will be battling a number of physical factors while making his third and fourth starts on the 1.69-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit at NRG Park during this weekend's doubleheader.

Commenting on how he has prepared for this doubleheader, Saavedra says, "The main difference between here and other tracks we visit is the heat and humidity. It's going to be tough to do two races in 24 hours in these conditions so I have adapted my training a little. Living in Indianapolis, I run outside to experience the heat and humidity, not to the same extent, but that helps my body adapt to the conditions. I'm drinking less water so my body gets used to being less hydrated, even though in the car I'll be hydrating lots, but this way it make my body more efficient with the water it then consumes. High heat and humidity increases the heart rate, so by training to what that rate might be this weekend, will prevent my brain from being compromised, which is the first thing to go in these conditions. Finally nutrition will be playing an important role, so a high carbohydrate diet will be consumed to provide me with the energy that I am going to need."

Last year, Saavedra had a best finish of 12th in Race 2 and a best start of 19th in Race 1 in his first two races at NRG Park. However this year, he has posted some IndyCar career milestones on road/street courses.

Saavedra led his first career IndyCar laps at Long Beach and then went on to lead laps again a week later at Barber Motorsports Park. He then went on to make history by taking the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which coincidentally was also his career first. Saavedra has also shown he can battle through the field by climbing an impressive 13 places in Long Beach, to secure his first top-10 finish on the season.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to street races after feeling quite strong in Detroit," said the 24-year-old. "I believe the Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. - KV AFS Racing team will carry that momentum going into Houston, a track that I enjoy because of the physical challenges it brings. Somehow it divides the field in many matters with this and its quite unpredictable with the bumps. This year they have made some changes to the track, which will provide some more passing opportunities, and should make the race even more exciting."

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.

The double-header weekend will be broadcast live on NBCSports at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on June 28th and 29th. IMS IndyCar Radio can be heard on Sirius 213 and XM 209, check local listings for your local station, or listen at IndyCar.com or on the Verizon Indy2014 app.

Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. (AFS Inc.):

Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. was founded by Gary Peterson in 1987 and is based in Huntington Beach, California with satellite offices in Northern California and an Engineering Office in Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. It is one of the nation's largest multi-family/mixed-use Fire Protection Contractors. AFS Inc. provides exceptional service, integrity, competitive pricing, consulting and distinguished engineering systems.

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