Conquest Racing Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Preview
LONG BEACH, CALIF. (April 14, 2011) – Conquest Racing returns to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend. Driver of the No. 34 entry and IndyCar rookie Sebastian Saavedra shares his thoughts as he prepares to compete on the 1.968-mile, 12-turn circuit Sunday.
A Little Respect
“I’ve driven here in the Firestone Indy Lights series the last two years, so coming back for a third time – even though it’s the first time in an IndyCar – I’m comfortable. Long Beach is a place that you’ve got to respect. As with any street course, with any mistake it’s not difficult to end up straight in the wall. But, we’ll approach this weekend as we did St. Pete and I’m looking forward to getting started!”
“Eric (Bachelart) won here (in the first-ever Firestone Indy Lights race in 1991) so it’s a special place. It’s nice to have that extra positive energy coming from our team owner. We’re prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing how much more I can improve on street courses. It will be interesting.”
“My mother and father and my sister are all coming in for the race from Columbia. It will be only the second time for my sister to see my race in IndyCar. California is such a beautiful place. It’s always nice to be here and of course having my family here will make it even more so.”
Food for Thought
“I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about eating In and Out Burgers when you’re in southern California! All the mechanics like it, so any little things I can do to make the crew happy, I’ll go for it.”