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2014 Fontana: KVSH Racing & KV AFS Racing IndyCar Race Preview



MAVTV 500 - Aug 29-30, 2014
Despite going to the back of the field twice last weekend in Sonoma, Sebastien Bourdais managed to salvage an 11th place finish. He sits eighth in the championship standings with 437 points, but with this finale weekend in Fontana worth double points, Bourdais mathematically has a chance of ending the year tied for third. Realistically, he has a chance to finish fifth or sixth, which would give him one of the top-two highest season-ending finishes that KV Racing Technology has had (Tony Kanaan holds the record placing fifth in 2011, KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser is second on the list having finished sixth in 2006).


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• The 2014 MAVTV 500 will be Bourdais' 131st Verizon IndyCar Series start, 21st on an oval, 18th with KVSH Racing and second at Auto Club Speedway.
• Of Bourdais' 20 career oval starts, 11 have come in the last two years.
• Bourdais has made 13 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh this year in the Indianapolis 500.
• Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.
• Bourdais is contesting his ninth Verizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 4).
• In 130 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 32 races placing him eighth on the all-time list and earned 33 pole positions, tied for seventh all-time.
• Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive championships, taking the Champ Car World Series title in 2004 - 2007.
• Bourdais contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
• Bourdais, 35, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.



MAVTV 500 - Aug 29-30, 2014
KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra is looking to end the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high note this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. At the final road/street course race, last weekend in Sonoma, he once again showed he can drive through the field when he started 22nd, but finished 16th. Saavedra currently sits 21st in the standings with 265 points. However, with the season finale worth double points he could potentially finish as high as 17th, which would be his best showing in five IndyCar seasons, but just his second full one.

• Saavedra is in his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series season.
• The 2014 MAVTV 500 will be Saavedra's 56th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 18th with KV AFS Racing and third at Auto Club Speedway.
• In 55 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Saavedra has earned three top-10 finishes with a best finish of eighth at Baltimore last year.
• In 21 previous oval starts, Saavedra has a career best finish of 13th and a best start of sixth both at Milwaukee last year.
• Saavedra's best road/street course qualifying was at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis this year where he earned his first IndyCar career pole.
• Saavedra, 24, is a native of Bogota, Columbia. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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