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Saavedra confirmed for second KV/AFS Racing IndyCar entry

Feb 12, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Sebastian Saavedra AP

Sebastian Saavedra has been confirmed for KV Racing’s second IndyCar for the 2014 season. The Colombian will drive the No. 17 AFS-backed KV AFS Racing Chevrolet, and for a second straight year, be teammates with Sebastien Bourdais.

KV Racing, run by Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser, have joined forces with Gary Peterson’s AFS group to make the entry. Vasser said the engineering lineup are confirmed and will be released at a later time.

“I’m very excited to be honest,” Saavedra said. “It’s very important to have some sort of relationship with teammates last year. We get to work together, find out what we like, and joining forces again with a great team with a history, and the mentality of securing the Indy 500 last year is even more motivation. Having the tools, the energy, will help.”

Bourdais and Saavedra were teammates at Dragon Racing in 2013, but Dragon will not return to IndyCar on a full-time basis in 2014. The only confirmed program for Jay Penske’s organization in 2014 is the team’s FIA Formula E Championship effort.

Saavedra and Peterson have worked together on two prior occasions. When the Colombian first entered Indy Lights in 2009, he was in an AFS/Andretti Green Racing entry. Additionally, when he stepped back down to Indy Lights in 2012, it was with Peterson’s support in a then-AFS/Andretti Autosport car. He made three IndyCar starts in 2012, both 500-mile races at Indianapolis and Fontana and the road race at Sonoma.

Colombia now has its third confirmed driver on the 2014 IndyCar grid, as Saavedra joins his old Indy Lights teammate Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya in the field.

Vasser added during the conference call held Wednesday that the team has “real good” chances of running a third car for the Indianapolis 500, for a veteran male or female driver.

  1. testover6370 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    That last bit has me wondering if Simona is in the frame for the month of May. In earlier interviews Vasser seemed to indicate bridges weren’t burned noting he would be open to having her back. Getting a ride for Indy would at least be a foot in the door to come back somewhere in the field for 2015.

    • indycarseries500 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      I was thinking Townsend Bell

  2. manik56 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Is there a Jay Penske-KV tie or is this pure coincidence?

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