Sebastian Saavedra earned his best finish at St. Petersburg.
KV AFS Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra, finishes 11th at the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opener Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
After a long delay yesterday due to severe weather conditions and a tornado warning, Saavedra advanced to the second round of qualifying and put the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine 11th on the grid.
"I am happy with how the first race of the season went," said Saavedra. "Unfortunately we didn't have the pace at the end but after where we started at the weekend, I am pleased with the 11th position points in the bank. At the end it was a survival race. We had a strong stint on the reds, the blacks were not very quick and that really caused us to drop places and that last stint was a big battle to the end. I'm very proud of my KV AFS boys, everybody did an amazing job in the pits. We just need to keep focusing and prepare for Long Beach in a couple of weeks time."
The 23 year-old native of Bogotá, Colombia has been the youngest driver in nearly every series he has competed in. In the two previous races at St. Petersburg, Saavedra has had a best starting position of ninth last year and his previous best finish was 13th in 2011.
Next up for Saavedra and the KV AFS team is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which takes place April 11-13 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, CA.
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