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 18.104.22.168.2 (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.