Saavedra docked $10,000, placed on probation post-Long Beach


During Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, KV/AFS Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra was reported to be under investigation for what was termed “over driving the accident,” following the Lap 54 fracas triggered when Ryan Hunter-Reay unsuccessfully tried to pass Josef Newgarden at Turn 4.

Saavedra eventually slid through the accident and following a roller coaster of an afternoon, ended as one of four Colombians in the top-10. His ninth place finish was his third top-10 of his career, after posting an eighth and 10th in 2013 for Dragon Racing.

But the good times ended, at least from a dollars and sense standpoint, on Wednesday when this came in from INDYCAR:

INDYCAR officials have fined driver Sebastian Saavedra $10,000 and placed him on probation through the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 for actions during the April 13 Verizon IndyCar Seres race in Long Beach.

Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 AFS KVAFS Racing car, was found to have violated  Rule (Failure to yield to safety vehicle and personnel).

The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

This isn’t Saavedra’s first fine, as he also got a $30,000 hit last year for releasing the “double birds” at Detroit.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)