By Conquest Racing
Conquest Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra is looking forward to being on a track this weekend that has been good to him in the past. He races Saturday in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at the Iowa Speedway. The IZOD IndyCar rookie won at the 7/8-mile asphalt tri-oval in the Firestone Indy Lights Series last year.
The No. 34 Conquest Racing Bogotá es Mundial car is among 26 entries that will take to the short track under the lights on Saturday night. The high-banked circuit designed by former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace is known for side-by-side racing action all the way through the corners.
“Iowa Speedway is a very fun race track,” Saavedra said. “It’s one of those tracks that has everything. There’s amazing racing because it’s a short oval, so there’s a lot of traffic and passing. It has so much banking; it lets you go quite fast. We’re going to see everything Saturday night.”
The team has just the one-hour practice session at noon local time Friday in preparation for qualifying. Iowa Speedway’s high banking and bumpy surface can be challenging for both veteran and rookie drivers.
“It’s hard to put everything together in such a short time,” Saavedra said. “With me being a rookie and without teammates to work with, it makes it more difficult. But, I’m open to learning and willing to push myself to the limits to learn how to make the car work. We’ll take advantage of what little time we have and make it as productive as possible.
“My objective is to turn it around, bring a good set-up in the little time that we have, and to put the car up there. I enjoy this place a lot. I’ve done well here in the Indy Lights Series so I’ll try to bring that knowledge here and hopefully it can pay off.”