Saavedra Survives First Lap Crash For Top 20 Finish
Conquest Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra finished 16th in the Edmonton Indy on Sunday despite getting caught up in a multi-car incident on lap one.
A chain reaction started when the car driven by Canadian Alex Tagliani made contact with American Graham Rahal. Canadian Paul Tracy got into the back of Rahal and then Saavedra made contact with Tracy's disabled car.
The wreck put both Rahal and Tracy out of the race, but 21-year-old Colombian was able to continue after making a pit stop to replace the No. 34 car's front wing.
Having lost a lap in the incident, Saavedra chose to stay on track while the leaders pitted for tires and fuel during a full-course caution on Lap 26. By the half-way point in the 80-lap race, the IZOD IndyCar rookie was running in 16th position and held his own to the checkered flag.
Sebastian Saavedra, Conquest Racing Bogota es Mundial No. 34
"That was a very interesting race! We started on the negative side when a big crash happened in front of me. I had nowhere to go but into PT's already destroyed car. From that, I had to come to the pit and change my front wing, losing a lap.
We didn't give up, though, and I think we showed a very strong performance getting our lap back and passing a good amount of drivers to finish 16th. It was very important to finish this race, as we've had a run of bad luck since Milwaukee and we needed to start picking up some good points on the championship."
By: conquest racing