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Season Best Oval Qualifying For Saavedra At Iowa
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 06:59 AM
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Season Best Oval Qualifying For Saavedra At Iowa

KV AFS Racing'sSebastian Saavedra will make his 50th IndyCar career start tomorrow, having qualified an oval season-high 17th for tomorrow's the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.


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Mother nature played a big part in today's results. For the first 11 laps of the morning practice session, the No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. - KV AFS Racing car ran well on the .894-mile, variably banked oval. However after just 19 minutes, practice was forced to end early due to severe weather in the area. IndyCar made the decision to swap the final practice session with qualifying and after a delayed start, Saavedra was finally able to get on track and start working on his race program.

Unable to get a chance to try out his qualifying setup, Saavedra went out 19th of the 22 cars entered and managed to put a two-lap average of 183.083 mph together to place him 17th on the grid for the 300 lap race tomorrow.

Commenting on his qualifying attempt, Saavedra said, "We went in to qualifying blind as we weren't able to do a qualifying simulation during the final practice session. That of course influenced the small lift I had during my run, which really killed the speed at a track where you need to be running flat the whole time. The Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. - KV AFS Racing car feels great in race mode, very fun to drive and we made a lot of passes during the practice session, it's just unfortunate that we're not starting a little further up. We will move forward to tomorrow and with the combination of a good strategy from the team and great pit stops, I'm confident we will have a good result."

Saavedra has raced at Iowa five times, twice in IndyCar (2013 and 2011) and three times in Indy Lights (2012, 2010 and 2009). He won the race from pole in 2010 while competing in Indy Lights and has an IndyCar best finish of 19th last year.

The 24-year-old will be making his 50th career IndyCar start and 20th on an oval this weekend, having spent his early racing career predominately on road/street courses. He sits 20th in the standings with 196 points.

The race will be broadcast live on NBCSports at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and 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.

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