Sonoma: AFS/Andretti Green Racing race notes

SONOMA, Calif. (August 23, 2009) - AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing driver J.R. Hildebrand started from the pole and led every lap on the way to posting a 15.8918-second victory Sunday in the Carneros 100 at Infineon Raceway. Hildebrand now has a...

SONOMA, Calif. (August 23, 2009) - AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing driver J.R. Hildebrand started from the pole and led every lap on the way to posting a 15.8918-second victory Sunday in the Carneros 100 at Infineon Raceway. Hildebrand now has a 90-point advantage and can clinch his first Firestone Indy Lights championship with a finish of 13th or better in next Saturday's event at Chicagoland Speedway.

AFS/AGR teammate Sebastian Saavedra was forced to start from the rear of the 19-car field after a post-qualifying engine change, but managed to salvage a seventh-place finish and remains second in the championship standings.

J.R. Hildebrand, #26 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Firestone:

"It's pretty special to win here on 'home turf.' I think our strongest competition was going to be my teammate, Sebastian. He showed that by picking up as many spots as he did at the end after starting at the back with the engine change.

"It was a nice, clean race. I was able to just tick off the laps. We ran most of our laps with in a couple of tenths within the fastest lap I ran during the race. That's really what we were trying to do. That's been our strong point all year and it proved to be strong again here."

Sebastian Saavedra, #27 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Firestone:

"We certainly had to change our mindset today going from starting in the front row to starting in the back. We knew we had to be very careful and I had to run perfect laps to be able to move up. I think we did a pretty good job of that today and made the most of a challenging situation. Now, I am just hoping to have two good races to finish out the year and hopefully get the AFS/AGR team another victory."

-credit: afs/agr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sebastian Saavedra , J.R. Hildebrand