Las Vegas, Nevada – October 12, 2011 – The IZOD IndyCar Series travels to the Nevada dessert this weekend for its season finale at the IZOD IndyCar World Championships powered by Honda. Conquest Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra will take the wheel of the No. 34 Conquest Racing/Bogota Es Mundial/Honda/Dallara/Firestone once again for the last time of the year after missing the previous two events of the series in Japan and Kentucky.
This weekend will be a very special one for everyone in the IZOD IndyCar Series Paddock as it represents the end of an era, this race will be the last time that the current Dallara Chassis are used before changing over to the new 2012 cars which will also be open to different engine manufacturers. In order to celebrate the strong momentum that the series has developed and its new changes for the future, The IZOD IndyCar Series World Championships at Las Vegas presented by Honda will offer teams, drivers and fans a unique experience with a weekend full of activities to embrace what IndyCar is all about. For this weekend at the 1.5-mile oval, there will be a record 34-car grid starting the race, which will enhance the competition and excitement during the main event.
As Saavedra re-joins the team with thirst for success and his proven track record at oval courses, the Conquest crew will look to end the season on a high note and at the front in one of the most impressive starting grids in IndyCar history. The 21-year-old driver has scored multiple wins on ovals in the Firestone Indy Lights series as he climbed the Road to Indy and will now look to apply that success at the top of the ladder, the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The weekend will start with an initial practice session on Thursday October 13 at 11:00 AM PT followed by another set of practice sessions and a qualifying round on Friday October 14 at 12:30 PM PT and 3:00 PM PT respectively. The race will start Sunday October 16 at 12:45 PM PT and will last 200 laps, it will be transmitted LIVE on ABC.
No. 34 Conquest Racing/Bogota Es Mundial/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“I am very happy to be back in the series and what best race to do it than at its grand finale. Vegas is a dreamlike city and I'm looking forward to all the shows and activities that we'll have during the week. There's very little we know about the track, but this just adds up to the excitement. I feel very prepared for this occasion and I know everyone at Conquest Racing is feeling the same way.”