Baltimore, Maryland – August 31, 2011 - The IZOD IndyCar Series travels to the Atlantic seaboard this weekend for more street course action at the Inaugural 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix. Conquest Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra will not be the only newcomer to the circuit since this will be the first time that a professional racing series will visit the picturesque location at the 2.4 mile course inside the city’s inner harbor.
The Colombian driver arrives in Baltimore with positive momentum after a successful run at Sonoma last weekend. He will look to improve on the strong results that he has achieved this year at the temporary street circuits, including his best finish of the season of 11th on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Conquest Racing and Saavedra are well prepared for this weekend’s challenge and proved in the last race that they will be a force to be reckoned with not only because of their clever strategies, but also on track after the 21 year old driver pulled some of the most impressive passing maneuvers at the twisty California track. With plenty more passing opportunities at the new street circuit in Baltimore, the 16th race of the IZOD IndyCar Series 2011 season should prove to be an exciting one for the Izod IndyCar fans and drivers.
The weekend will start with a series of practice sessions on Friday September 2 at 12:05 PM ET and 4:10 PM ET; followed by another practice session at 9:05 AM ET and a qualifying session at 12:10 PM ET on Saturday September 3. The race will start Sunday September 4 at 2:45 PM ET and will last 75 laps, it will be transmitted live on VERSUS.
Sebastian Saavedra #34 Bogota Es Mundial / Conquest Racing / Honda / Dallara / Bridgestone
“I’m looking forward to a positive weekend after being fairly strong in Sonoma. We’ve been doing very well in the last few races, the engineers and I have been able to make big steps with the setup of the car, I believe Baltimore will be another big step for us. It’s going to be very interesting because nobody knows this place, and I think that there could be an advantage for us since everyone will start form cero. I feel very positive about this weekend, I want to keep the good energy that we are bringing from California all the way to Baltimore.
I believe that learning new tracks is one of my strengths, I really enjoy developing the car in places that I’ve never been. This whole season has been a big challenge for me in that aspect because I have been to many tracks that were new to me. I feel confident that I can learn the track quickly; here it’s going to be all about who takes advantage of the practice sessions and who can setup the car the quickest. We have a great team to make this possible and together with a bit of luck I believe we can finish the weekend with a very positive result.”