AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Puts Two in Top Five in Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Hildebrand Finishes Second, Takes Championship Lead; Saavedra Fifth in First Indianapolis Start, Now Second in Points INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May...
AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Puts Two in Top Five in Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Hildebrand Finishes Second, Takes Championship Lead; Saavedra Fifth in First Indianapolis Start, Now Second in Points
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2009) - AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sebastian Saavedra finished second and fifth, respectively, in Friday's running of the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hildebrand, who started third, led twice for 23 laps and held the point from lap 17 through 38 before being passed by eventual race winner Wade Cunningham on the backstretch with just a lap-and-a-half to go.
Saavedra, who started on the outside of the front row, led three laps on the day and spent the bulk of the race running among the top three before slipping to fifth on the final lap after a brush with the Turn 1 wall.
The AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing teammates now occupy the top two spots in the championship standings with Hildebrand holding a five-point edge over Saavedra.
The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights schedule resumes with the next round on Sunday, May 31, at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.
J.R. Hildebrand, #26 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Firestone:
"I really didn't want to be leading the race towards the end but there were enough fast cars there in the front that I tried to keep it up there for as long as I could. Wade got a good run and I thought if nothing else, I could just work with him, maybe get by him there at the end. I just picked up too much understeer when I was back in traffic. I set the car so I would be quick up front but once I got behind guys, I just couldn't adjust it fast enough. It was a great job by Wade, but I'm really happy for the AFS/AGR boys. We got back on track. I think we're looking good in the points right now."
Sebastian Saavedra, #27 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Firestone:
"In the beginning we had a great car. I was very happy with it. The AFS/AGR team did great work. I was waiting for the last moment. When they said 'three laps to go,' I got three-wide in corner 1. I touched the wall with one lap to go and I had pretty heavy damage to my front right (wheel). After that I just wanted to bring it home for the points. It's a season championship. I was just focused on getting the points. I had the car and the equipment. Hopefully it's our race the next time."