Saavedra refreshed and ready for Mid-Ohio

Columbian ready to get past Toronto doubleheader.

Saavedra refreshed and ready for Mid-Ohio
Sebastian Saavedra, KVAFS Racing Chevrolet
Sebastian Saavedra, KVAFS Racing Chevrolet
Sebastian Saavedra, KVAFS Racing Chevrolet
Sebastian Saavedra, KVAFS Racing Chevrolet

KV AFS Racing's Sebastian Saavedra returns to racing this weekend refreshed and ready for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio in Lexington, OH on August 1-3. 

Saavedr a had a disappointing final doubleheader two weeks ago in Toronto, but has put all that behind him as he heads into the final four races on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, looking to end the season on a high. 

The 24-year-old started the year by leading his first career IndyCar laps at Long Beach and then led laps again a week later at Barber Motorsports Park. Saavedra went on to make history by taking the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which coincidentally was also his career first and has shown he can battle through the field on numerous occasions. He climbed an impressive 13 places in Long Beach, to secure his first top-10 finish of the season and having passed 16 cars at Houston in Race No. 1 to sit fourth, was looking to have his first top-five finish when he got punted with five laps to go.

Third start at Mid-Ohio

Saavedra, who drives the No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. - KV AFS Racing car, will be making his third start this weekend on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.

Commenting on the upcoming race, Saavedra said "I'm looking forward to a positive weekend at Mid Ohio. It's a beautiful track and more of a European style, so that always makes it fun. We had a very productive test there last week and came away learning a lot about the car, so we hope to put all that into practice for this weekend's race."

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Saavedra has been among the youngest drivers in nearly every series he has competed in. He joined the Firestone Indy Lights just before his 19th birthday and that year was awarded Rookie of the Year Honors with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. He moved to Bryan Herta Autosport for 2010 where he made his Indianapolis 500 debut becoming the third Colombian driver to do so. Saavedra then stepped up to the IndyCar Series in 2011 with Conquest Racing before returning to Indy Lights in 2012. Last year he spent the entire season back in IndyCar with Dragon Racing.

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