Saavedra Qualfies 22nd For Honda Indy 200

Conquest Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra put the No. 34 car 22nd on the grid for Sunday’s 85-lap Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 21-year-old pilot turned a best lap time of 69.71 seconds during knockout qualifying in the Conquest Racing Bogota es Mundial car.

Mid-Ohio is the third road/street course event in a row for the series and the seventh of nine on this year's schedule. This will be Saavedra’s first time racing an IndyCar on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road circuit where he finished 5th last year in Firestone Indy Lights.

Sebastian Saavedra, Conquest Racing
Sebastian Saavedra, Conquest Racing

Photo by: Adriano Manocchia

The 50-year-old natural-terrain course is a challenging one, with elevation changes and both flowing and tight corners. The narrow race track makes passing challenging, as last year’s race demonstrated with only four lead changes.

Sebastian Saavedra, No. 34 Conquest Racing Bogota es Mundial Driver

"That was a tough qualifying session. The rain seemed to be coming quick, but we knew we had a good car. We went a bit conservative, which hurt us as we took a different strategy. We've done a great job to put a very good race car together so I’m not concerned about this. I’m looking forward to a long race and lots of passing."