Sebastian Saavedra, No. 34 Conquest Racing
The Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle will be Sebastian Saavedra's sixth IZOD IndyCar Series start, and fourth on a road/street course. It is the IndyCar rookie's first race at Sao Paulo.
Saavedra had his best IZOD IndyCar Series start two weeks ago at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix where he qualified 15th. Saavedra was looking for a top-10 finish before an incident with another driver resulted in a damaged front wing. After an unscheduled pit stop, he finished 14th.
The 20-year-old made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Having started his racing career karting at age 10, Saavedra became the first driver born in the 1990s to compete in the Indy 500.
Saavedra first competed for Conquest Racing in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making it into the top 10 at one point and finishing 16th.
Before graduating to the IZOD IndyCar Series, Saavedra competed two years in the in Firestone Indy Lights series. He took 2009 Rookie of the Year honors and won three poles and three races.
A native of Bogota, Columbia, Saavedra currently resides in Indianapolis.